Conversations with the Coast by Taylor Adams


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

“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.

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.

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

Strand By Strand // Painting With Thread by Taylor Adams


I've become very used to the puzzled look I am met with when I tell someone I create abstract paintings with thread. I get it - it's unusual and a hard thing to visualize if you've never seen my work, so I usually have a photo ready to help explain my process. 

The question that follows is... "How in the world did you think of that?"

I took an experimental painting course during the senior year of my BFA program at the University Florida. This class turned out to become a huge turning point in the development of my work for it was in this course that I began experimenting with thread as a medium.

My professor, Ron Janowich, gave us thought-provoking prompts that pushed us to explore the boundaries of painting and step outside the norms of our process. When given an assignment to create a painting without using any paint, my interest was truly sparked.

My mother is a talented seamstress. My grandmother taught her how to sew, and she taught me. Growing up I would sit on the floor with her scrap bin, experimenting with needle and thread. Mixing and matching, I would play with how I could piece different materials together while the hum of a sewing machine clicked away in the background. When I got older, I started learning on one of her machines, making mini quilts and pillows. Though I never learned how to sew to the level that she can, my mother gave me a pair of hands that will always feel the need to create.


 My mother's endless supply of thread immediately came to my mind as the perfect resource to utilize for project with no paint. I decided to create a series of line paintings using nothing but this simple yet strong material. I attached a strand of thread to the back of a raw canvas board with piece of tape and began wrapping. Circling my arm around the canvas, I wrapped - laying a straight line one by one.

I created three of these paintings. The process was measured and meticulous, but somehow felt natural and fluent. My spools spun along the ground as I wrapped around and around. The fiber felt familiar sliding through my hands. I had a connection to the material. I was hooked.

Canvas board does not have a frame, so as my threads accumulated they began pulling the board tighter and tighter, warping the surface just slightly. The threads hovered over the canvas and the sliver of space between peaked my interest - What could lie beneath these threads? Is there more to this that I can explore? I grabbed a photoscan of an ink painting laying in my studio and slid it in the space between the threads and canvas. The two worlds blended together. A contrast of geometric and organic form. A balance of controlled and natural movement. A structure of form upon formlessness. I was fascinated.


Over the past few years, I have pushed to further develop this process and explore its possibilities. I now create upon cradled birch panels. The wood provides both a surface to explore with wet media and a structure for the threads to wrap around. This piece is one of my most recent works. From my new series, "Coast and Cove", each piece is an exploration of bodies of water and the landscapes that surround them. 

Isaqueena Thread, Ink & Acrylic 8 x 8 in, Sold

Thread, Ink & Acrylic
8 x 8 in, Sold

For me, working with thread is a connection to a material that roots back three generations. Pulling from fibers of the past and constructing them with my present, my paintings are a mapping of movement, color and form, translating the world around me and how I experience it.

My new series "Coast and Cove" will be released to my website on October 24th.

Creative Neighborhood feat. Jonathan Rypkema by Taylor Adams

I love getting the opportunity to stop by my friends' studios and see what they're up to. In a world where I am constantly inspired by the creatives that surround me, I want to take the time to celebrate them and show you the great things they're doing.

Jonathan Rypkema is a visual artist living and working in Charleston, South Carolina. Blending the worlds of drawing and sculpture, Jonathan creates architectural pieces that invite the viewer to engage at all angles. It's easy to get lost in these pieces - bold pattern and line work emphasize geometric constructions or found objects, creating an experience rather than just a surface. Jonathan creates out of a feeling that many artists can relate to - the need to construct, to build, to make. The need to take the ideas in your head and use your hands to bring them to life. View the video below to take a look into Jonathan's studio and recent projects:

To view more of Jonathan's work visit and find him on instagram @jonathanrypkema to follow along with his current work and process. 

Fool's Paradise // Exploring With Sound by Taylor Adams


Recently I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between color and sound, and how music can affect the state of flow. That's why I was excited when I was asked to create the cover artwork for my talented friend Dante Frisiello's Debut EP, "Fool's Paradise."  Working with sound as the inspiration was an intriguing concept to me and one I was eager to explore. Dante had no preconceived notions of what he wanted the cover to look like, his only request was that I listen to the music and let that be the influence.

When I begin a painting I usually don't preplan or sketch. I try not to get too attached to any particular vision of what I want the piece to be because quite often it takes on a mind of its own - changing and evolving into something entirely new, often several times before it is complete. 

I played the tracks as I gessoed my panel, paying attention to the texture and rhythm of the sound. As I laid the first marks I followed where my hand led me, pulling colors I felt compelled to introduce to my surface and letting them find their place among swirling pools of media.  

After several layers of marks I masked the painting with a neutral tone in a manner that may have appeared I was going back to square one, covering up everything I had worked to build up. However, in masking what I have established on my panel I am able to explore the history of mark upon the surface. I build up layers and break them down. Then in building them up once again, I rediscover little gems of texture and movement and give them new life. 

The final stage of my process is measured and meticulous.  With the sides of my panel marked at even intervals to guide and ensure straight lines, I begin with a single thread wrapped tightly around my panel. One by one, thread by thread, I compose a structure of fibers upon my painting. Each line is informed by the previous one. They find their place naturally and rhythmically to bring a new layer of structure and meaning to the surface.


I was drawn to the rhythmic nature of Dante's music and felt the rise and fall of the melodies mirrored my process in a unique way. Building up, breaking down - a balance between organic and controlled movement. I truly admire the ability of musicians to compose a form of art purely with sound, and was honored to give a visual interpretation to what Dante has created. 

Dante Frisiello is a 24 year old law student. He has been playing and studying guitar for 10 years, and the "Fool's Paradise" EP is his debut release. Find the full album here and follow along with Dante's music on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @dantefrisiellomusic

West Coast Weekend // Scenes from San Diego by Taylor Adams

Sometimes I spend my entire weekend painting in the studio, and sometimes I venture out to travel, explore, and collect new sources of inspiration.. And on these occasions, sometimes I get lucky enough to score a $75 roundtrip to San Diego. 

California has been on my travel list for awhile now, and this trip was my first time ever visiting the West coast. I can say with certainty that it did not disappoint. The gorgeous coastlines and hilly cityscapes that compose San Diego were filled with a stunning array of colors that I couldn't get enough of. Brilliant blues, rocky neutrals, desert reds and golden oranges... an artist's dream.

It was a quick trip but we managed to squeeze in as much sight seeing as we could - stopping by La Jolla, Point Loma, Coronado and more. It left me feeling so excited to get back into my studio and bring a little California color to my palettes.

I can't wait to return and explore more of this beautiful state and its neighbors. Until then, here are a few of my favorite snaps from this West coast weekend..


Creative Neighborhood feat. Rebecca Hinson by Taylor Adams

During a recent visit to Charleston, South Carolina, I had the pleasure of dropping in to visit friend and fellow artist Rebecca Hinson in her studio. Rebecca is an oil painter and illustrator with an eye for bright palettes and a whimsical touch. From fashion to coral reefs, she pulls inspiration from everything she loves most.

Rebecca's studio is as bright and cheery as her personality, and it was lovely to see what she's been working on in person and catch up over her homemade kombucha (seriously the best). Take a peak inside Rebecca's studio and get a behind-the-scenes look at her new series currently in the works:

To see more of Rebecca's work visit  and find her on instagram @rebeccahinson to follow along with her current work and daily inspirations.