On my birthday last week we borrowed my cousin's van and drove all over Nantucket. One of our stops was 'Sconset. I love the beautiful rose covered cottages perched at the edge of the sea. We didn't go out on the beach but stopped for some photos. I saw these white umbrellas in the distance and knew they would be in a painting! I can imagine myself in a chair under one of those umbrellas enjoying the day.
I studied art in college but it wasn't until 2005 that I began painting seriously. I have been creating a daily painting and posting to my blog every day and I estimate that I have completed about a mile of canvas or in my case paper! I paint primarily in pastel but I am venturing slowly into the world of oils and acrylics. My small daily paintings are availablle for purchase on my blog or at Daily Painters.com. I am represented by these fine art galleries in the Southeast: High Country Art in Blue Ridge, GA, Bella Vista Fine Art in Asheville, NC and Frameworks Gallery in Marietta, GA.
I grew up listening to my father's tales of Nantucket mermaids. His father, Charles Taylor, was born and raised on the island and used to tell his children about the mermaids who would chase him down the beaches. These Nantucket tales fascinated me and so two years ago I embarked on a journey to rediscover my Nantucket roots. What a journey it has been! I discovered that the Taylor family traces it's roots back to one of the founding families of Nantucket and to Richard 'The Rock' Taylor of Yarmouth and to Thomas Rogers the Mayflower pilgrim! But perhaps the best discovery of all was of my Nantucket cousin. He was born and raised and still lives on the island. I have been fortunate to visit him and his family the past two summers. It has been wonderful to rediscover the island and capture it's beauty in my paintings. It is clear to me that I have sand in my shoes!