I am so thrilled to be chatting up Taylor Cox for an Artist Interview today. Her artwork is utterly original and so full of fun. Her tiny sunbathers on bold brushstrokes are my absolute favorite! Let's learn more about this creative lady...
I got a chance to pick her brain a little bit and it was so great! I love hearing about the experiences of other artists and creatives! It really sheds a light on who they are and what drives their creativity.
Q: "Tell us a little about yourself..." -Laura
A: "When I am not painting I am exploring. I love adventure and being outdoors" -Taylor
Q: " What was the road leading up to your art career? What made you choose to be a fine artist?" -Laura
A: "I was always creative growing up. In high school, I took an art class almost every semester. Art was just it for me but I didn't know exactly what that meant as far as a career. I graduated from Kennesaw State University with my BFA and concentration in painting and drawing. When I graduated I was already working part-time at a wholesale art company. I eventually worked full-time for a couple of years after graduating with the intention of doing everything in my power to go out on my own. I quit my full-time job 2 years ago this coming fall. I don't think I made a conscious choice to be a fine artist it just naturally evolved into that."
Q: "What is your biggest inspiration in your artwork? What gets you excited to create each day?" -Laura
A: "For the most part, I am just experimenting and playing around with different compositions or brush marks. I daydream a lot about different ideas. I look at older paintings that I have done and imagine what I could add on top of them. When I paint an abstract, and imagine sunbathers basking in the sun on top of a brush mark, It is really all about creativity for me. I get excited the most when I am creating something that I have never seen before. I have never seen a giant thick brushstroke on a painting with a person swimming in it before. That is exciting! I hope that people see that excitement in my work." -Taylor
Q: "What road blocks have you encountered on your creative journey, and how have you overcome them?" -Laura
A: "I work as a full-time artist so discipline will always be the biggest roadblock. I am able to set my own hours and it is difficult to manage and balance work and life. I find myself answering emails and working on ideas 24/7. I plan on overcoming that by organization and list making and setting hours for my business. I am used to working all the time and this year has been a test for me. I have been sick a couple of times and had to stop for a couple of weeks to take care of my dog who ultimately passed away. In the end, it is important to take time off." -Taylor
Q: "What part of your creative process brings you the most joy?" -Laura
A: "Experimentation." -Taylor
Q: "Do you have any advice for other artists & makers?" -Laura
A: "I had a painting teacher in art school say, "you really have to be in absolute love with painting to do this for a career." I believe that is so true. If you plan to take your creative joy full-time you have to be absolutely in love with what you do. It is very difficult to start a business, especially when your products are handmade. I do not have any employees. I take care of my own website, shipping, social media/marketing, photography, accounting and everything else that goes into a business. It is not easy but it's my love for painting that drives me. I do not wish to do anything else." -Taylor
I'd like to say a big thank you to Taylor for opening up to all us creatives! It is so nice to hear more about you and your life experiences. Be sure to go follow her on Instagram @TayorCoxArt And thank you to each reader for contributing to this community of makers and creative souls! I'm so glad you're here! If you know of any other artists/makers that you would like to learn more about, send me their info!
Also, if you are on Instagram and would like to share your creative process with me use the tag #createjoyproject anytime! Thanks! Have a fantastic day.
xo -Laura Muir