Artwork that Tells Your Story by Taylor Adams

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I truly love getting the opportunity to create custom artwork. To be trusted with a story is so special, and it’s exciting to bring your vision to life through my media.

If you love my style, but haven’t seen quite what you’re looking for - a commission piece might be the perfect way to find it.

To get started on the commission process, we’ll talk about colors you are drawn to or the colors of your space that you would like incorporated in the painting. I’ll ask you to take a look at previous work of mine and pick a few of your favorites, or tell me about what elements you would like to see in your own piece. We’ll talk through the details of what you’re looking for, determine the size, and I’ll begin painting! As the painting evolves, I email with the client, sending photos to make sure it’s headed in the right direction.

If you have a particular landscape or story in mind that you would like to serve as the inspiration behind your piece, I would love to hear it! This commission was particularly special because of the story behind it. The couple sent me photos from Stone Mountain, one of their favorite places to hike, as well as the spot where they got engaged. They had recently bought their first home, so they wanted a special piece to signify the start of their new life together.

“In Peace, Together” Thread & Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 18”x18”

“In Peace, Together”
Thread & Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 18”x18”

“A year ago I passed by a picture of Taylor’s art on social media and was immediately drawn to it. After months of watching her make many beautiful pieces we moved into our first house and
I felt that one of her pieces would be the perfect fit in our new home. After discussing the options, we asked Taylor if she could develop a piece with the influence of the mountain we got engaged on and the color of our bedroom accent wall. She ended up going to get a color chip of the exact color we had painted and used pictures of our engagement spot. She shipped the piece well protected and I fell in love with the result. The colors worked perfectly in the space and I felt touched by the gentle hints of the mountain location that lead to the home that the piece would reside in.
The amount of detail of the pieces can only really be appreciated in person.
We are very happy with our piece and would highly recommend
Taylor for commissions.” - Samantha, Atlanta GA

If you’re interested in commissioning a piece, fill out my inquiry form to get the conversation started. I would love to work with you to create the perfect original painting for your home.

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Conversations with the Coast by Taylor Adams

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After Artisphere (check out my feature in the Greenville journal), I took a little time off from painting - to relax, refresh and refill the well. Nothing makes me feel more inspired than time spent outdoors, especially being in or around the water. Soaking up texture, movement and color in its purest form, I gathered up new ideas and was excited to bring them back to my studio.

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I started working on a pair of 36”x36” panels, painting them side by side to create a diptych. I let the layers of ink wash build up organically, using sweeping motions that extended from panel to panel. Sanding down to pull out texture and drawing back in with graphite, I built up a vocabulary of marks. What I’d learned from the left informed decisions I made on the right, and so forth. I loved the challenge of creating two pieces that communicated with each other.

When it comes time to wrap threads, I like to establish a horizon line and abstract from there. Pushing back the deepest points and pulling out the highlights, I build up thread gradients to create moments of interest and structured balance upon the fluid forms beneath. I intentionally wrapped the panels so the threads staggered through, flowing from one piece to the next.

These pieces are special sisters. Titled “Conversations with the Coast”, they breath into one another and the space they get to live in, telling stories of time spent outdoors. I am so thrilled to share that they were collected as a very special anniversary surprise, and cannot believe how perfect they look in their forever home! It’s so incredibly rewarding to know they will be loved and cherished for years to come.

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We Took the Scenic Route Home by Taylor Adams

It feels unreal how quickly time is moving by lately. Days slip into weeks, a month passes in the blink of an eye, and suddenly March is just around the corner when it seems the new year only just began. As I muse over this, it makes me want to ensure that I’m taking time to appreciate the fullness of small moments, good company and time well spent.

In November two of my best pals came to visit, and we drove up to Asheville to enjoy an evening of our favorite things - fresh guacamole and live music. These are my people, my friends that I can be my complete self with. Sitting across from them in a bagel shop the next morning, with Paul Simon playing overhead and a warm mug of coffee between my hands, I felt full - and not just from the bagels. 

(Listen, when you wait in a line outside for 20 minutes before you even make it through the door, you know you’re about to eat a phenomenal bagel and you’re going to need to order two. They were in fact, phenomenal. Shoutout Button & Co. Bagels) 

Enjoying our reunion and the fall weather, I spent a perfect day with my friends wandering shops and record stores. When it was time to head back, we decided to take the scenic route home.

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I’ve been busy in the studio working on several new pieces for ArtXtravanganza, an upcoming show in Knoxville, Tennessee. But as I was drawing into this one, I couldn’t help but let my mind wander back to that blissful weekend. No rush and no real agenda. Enjoying small moments, inside jokes, and pulling over to watch the last bit of sun slip behind the smokey silhouettes of mountains in the distance.

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Amid the peaks and valleys that every year is bound to bring, it’s such a beautiful privilege to curate our lives with people. To pick the people we grow with - who challenge us, support us, and inspire us. The ones who will be there to take in the views, and binge watch terrible Hallmark movies. 

The people we surround ourselves with matter. They become part of our landscapes, part of our stories. I like to think that my paintings can tell stories - the story of a feeling, a moment, and a place.  When you look at this piece, I don’t expect you to hear the crunch of autumn leaves and the Allman Brothers CD we played on repeat. I don’t expect you to see the outlook where we pulled over to soak up the beauty of the Carolinas. But perhaps it will stir up a memory of your own. Perhaps it will offer a moment of pause for you to make your own connections.

I hope that the story I offer can weave into one of your own, and whenever you have the chance - I hope you take the scenic route home.

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“We Took the Scenic Route Home” Thread & Mixed Media, 18”x18”, 2019  Available through  Art & Light Gallery

“We Took the Scenic Route Home”
Thread & Mixed Media, 18”x18”, 2019

Available through Art & Light Gallery

Beautiful British Columbia by Taylor Adams

Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish, British Columbia

In October I hopped on a plane to Canada to visit my brother during his pilot training at BC Helicopters. Breaking my day-to-day routine and stepping out of my studio to explore, relax and refresh my mind is such a vital part of my creative process, and British Columbia filled me to the brim with inspiration. It’s just impossible to describe how enormous the mountains are and how vast the views are.

I think there's something really special about visiting places where you can feel their immensity. Places that open you up and make you feel small - I think we all need that every once in awhile. From wandering new cities and connecting with creatives, to exploring trails and flying through the mountains by helicopter, this trip was one I will never forget. 

I spent time wandering through little towns (stumbling across record stores and cozy coffee shops) and doing studio visits in Vancouver. I was able to visit with Sarah Delaney and Kelsie Grazier, two artists I am a huge fan of, and it was so inspiring to see their spaces and learn more about their process. Soaking in the beauty of BC, my brother and I hiked around Squamish and Hope. I marveled at the views and put my travel watercolor palette to good use recording my findings.

Travel offers the most incredible moments to deposit into your memory bank, and I'm feeling pretty grateful to have these in my savings. Back home, I’ve been working in my studio playing and pouring out ideas spurred from these incredible views and fresh perspectives. Already dreaming up my next trip… but in the meantime, here’s some of my favorite moments from British Columbia.

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I got dropped off on the top of Mount Robie Reid and watched as my brother flew laps around me in an R44. Nothing but gorgeous peaks and valleys stretched out in every direction.. Hands down one of the coolest moments of my life.

I got dropped off on the top of Mount Robie Reid and watched as my brother flew laps around me in an R44. Nothing but gorgeous peaks and valleys stretched out in every direction.. Hands down one of the coolest moments of my life.

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Setting up to paint for the day along the river at Lynn Canyon Park - couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall afternoon

Setting up to paint for the day along the river at Lynn Canyon Park - couldn’t have asked for a more perfect fall afternoon

Exploring in Hope - found the Ladner Creek Trestle Bridge

Exploring in Hope - found the Ladner Creek Trestle Bridge