Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Copeland.
Taylor, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was pretty much raised by my grandparents for the first six years of my life, and my grandfather worked (and continues to work) as a cartoonist. He saw I had an interest in art and would give me mini assignments that encouraged me to use new mediums and draw new subjects. Though I was lucky that nearly everyone in my family encouraged me to pursue creative outlets, my love of art definitely sprouted during those long summer days at my grandparent’s house. I don’t think I’ve stopped drawing since. To nobody’s surprise, I ended up at art school, specifically at the Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly AIB) where I study illustration.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m not married to any particular way of creating, but most recently I’ve been working digitally. I like to use a variety of textures, representative and abstracted elements to create dreamy, ethereal environments in my illustrations. Most of my work is figurative, but I’ve recently been breaking out of that and doing a lot more pattern-work and surface design. Honestly, my art isn’t that “deep” (I don’t think art has to be deep in order to be considered objectively “good”) but I pull most of my influence from music, music subculture, femininity and food. I want people to look at my work and feel joyous, if even for a moment.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Artists are so impactful, especially in trying times. You can say a lot with an image, and you can piss a lot of people off with an image (sometimes that’s a good thing). While I don’t consider my art as a channel for activism, I definitely think my art has evolved as my understanding of the world around me has evolved. My illustrations celebrate diverse bodies and strong, feminine figures. I would say listening to the stories of the marginalized folks that surround me, and keeping tabs on protests and movements around the nation are influential to my art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Most of my art lives on my website and my Instagram account. I do produce items like prints, pins, and stickers but those are usually only available when I table at art expos (I haven’t really worked out the speed bumps of having an online shop quite yet). I’m also almost always open for art and design commissions.
- Website: www.taylorcopelandart.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/taylorcopelandart