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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

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..

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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 rebeccahinson.com  and find her on instagram @rebeccahinson to follow along with her current work and daily inspirations. 

Creative Neighborhood Feat. Zakriya Rabani by Taylor Adams

In a world where I am constantly inspired by the creatives that surround me, both physically and virtually, I want to take the time to celebrate them and show you the great things they're doing. Creative Neighborhood is a video series exploring the studios, process, and inspirations behind artistic figures and their creative paths. 

In April I caught up with Zakriya Rabani, a friend and former classmate from our BFA years at the University of Florida. Upon walking into Zak's studio, I was greeted by dozens of skateboard decks strewn across the floor, stacked in piles, and suspended from giant rubber bands stretching from all corners of the room. Donated by the Skate Park of Tampa, these boards, considered defective and lifeless by many, are now playing a key part in the installation Zak is developing for his MFA thesis show at the University of South Florida. Growing up with skateboarding, Zak translates his experiences as a skater, athlete, and student through his work and invites his viewers into immersive environments that encourage play and speculation. View the video below to get an inside look into Zak's studio:

You can view more of Zak's work here and find him on instagram @flow_zak to follow along with his explorations and process.