Straight from Dallas, Texas, our next featured artist will certainly capture your heart from her art pieces to her motivation to keep creating. Her murals will capture your hearts, as her every detail is perfection.
This artist started making art only in 2016 and she has already created a lot of pieces that you'd think she has been in the business longer than that. Her work ethic will inspirate any aspiring artist who would like to make it out there as a professional. We were amazed by her talent and we are sure that you will feel the same way. Ladies and gents, we give you Taylor Hill.
An Interview With Taylor Hill
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Taylor Hill: I think every child starts experimenting with art at an elementary age. I know I had the fortune of having wonderful art teachers throughout my elementary school years. However, I became a bit of an academic as I furthered my education and put art away for a long time. It wasn’t until December 2016 when someone very important to me gave me my first sketchbook.
Since then, I’ve been on a wild artistic ride.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Taylor Hill: I am inspired by other fellow artists. I love being around other creatives. There is something about being around other creative energies that really motivates me to create. I know I’m very thankful to be part of an artist collective and entrepenruir group, Elevate, because whenever I’m feeling rudderless, I can link up with another artist
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Taylor Hill: I want to leave behind a kinder world.
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Taylor Hill: My creative workflow is a constant cycle between making a mess and cleaning up that mess. I usually bang out several sketches at once and then just rotate working on them as I wait for the paint to dry. I usually end up making a giant mess through the night and end up having to clean in the morning in order to start my day.
APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Taylor Hill: Don’t listen to the haters and the naysayers. Keep going and keep feeding that artistic beast.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Taylor Hill: I want to mural my school. I work as an elementary teacher at a neighborhood school in South Dallas. I want to use my recent mural experience to beautify my school in order to promote school pride and help foster more positive learning environments.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Taylor Hill: I’ve always thought that Frida Kahlo and Jean Michele Basquiat were rebel spirits who did bold things in their artwork. In more recent years, I’ve found a love for an Austin based graffiti artist, Sleep Is Famous, and Eugene based illustrator, Miranda Zimmerman.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Taylor Hill: I’m inspired by other art that has bold color choices, negative spaces, and confident lines.
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Taylor Hill: I think the most frustrating experience about being an artist now are the times that I am unable to create because of life. Life happens and I don’t always get to sketch when I want to. Unfortunately, I’m kind of a bear when I can’t create for a couple of days. It’s a miserable experience for everyone involved.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Taylor Hill: Having fun. As simple as that sounds, I firmly believe that art should be about having fun, expressing yourself, and growing as an artist.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
I wish I had known how expensive even basic art supplies are and how to make my creative process somewhat more sustainable. Not every artist is equipped with the knowledge or experience for making sales and constantly hustling.
Follow Taylor on his Instagram linked below.