Cathy Taylor is an award winning mixed media artist and popular workshop instructor. She is teaching a workshop for us at the end of June and we are so looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for art!
Her water media artwork is a celebration of the patterns, textures, and color found in the natural environment. Cathy is known for her ability to interpret a subject in a variety of styles, from her whimsical collages to multi-dimensional abstracts.
We were introduced to Cathy through the CitraSolv company, the makers of CitraSolv household cleaners, which also happens to be a fabulous product for creating altered paper, image transfers, and more! We use a number of these fabulous natural cleaning products at our inn.
Here are Cathy’s responses to our interview questions:
How long have you been teaching and what got you started teaching?
I started teaching because I wanted to share my new found love of water media. I was having way too much fun to keep it to myself!I started teaching on a local basis in 1995. The class was called No Mistakes Watermedia and had weekly titles like the fear of white paper, risk a glorious failure and Imagination constipation! The class sold out. I LOVED teaching and knew then I had found my passion.
What is your favorite part about teaching?
The pure joy when a student creates a wonderful piece of artwork. And the HUGS
What would you tell your prospective students are three best reasons for taking a workshop?
- The support, encouragement, and sharing that happens in a workshop environment.
- The opportunity to do something just for you!
- THE HUGS
What are you currently working on in your own art?
I am in LOVE with alcohol inks. I am still discovering new ways to work with them. I also have been working on a series of large collages using circuit boards and old watch and clock parts. One was featured in the current Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. They have also been juried into the National Collage Society shows and the International Society of Experimental Artist shows.
Where is your art currently being exhibited?
I am represented by several galleries including the 2103 NICHE award winner KALA gallery in Morganton NC. I also belong to the world’s best co-op The Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock NC.
Is your work represented in galleries, and if so, what hints would you give to artists looking for gallery representation?
Get together a body of work that represents your style. Seek out cooperative galleries where you will receive the support and advice from other artists. Most galleries have an online application process and will contact you if interested.
Do you sell your work in any online gallery?
FASO is my web support. Their web site is designed specifically for artists and is very user friendly. I have my work featured on my site and have sold several pieces through my site.
What is your favorite art quote?
”Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” Albert Szent
Describe your studio.
Controlled chaos. My studio is on the second floor with a view of our surrounding woods. It is full of light with a high ceiling and lots of room. It is filled with my collection of inspiring Stuff including a paper wasp nest (minus wasps), old clock parts, leaf skeletons, sea glass, and old weaving spindles. I also have a mini trampoline to bounce out new ideas, and my two Doodles, Elle and Gracie May who serve as my muses and my squirrel alert team.
Name five of your “can’t” do without tools/products
- Alcohol inks
- cotton swabs
- gel medium
- assorted junk
You can see lots of great videos by Cathy Taylor on her YouTube channel!
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