We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Powers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well, to me art is more than just a career path. My intent with pursuing my artistic endeavors is to encourage others to pursue the same and unlock their untouched potential within themselves. I dont think art has a good rep in this day and age. Many people see art as a talent only certain people can attain when actually art is the roots of our culture and our society. My main goal is to change the world’s view on what art appreciation is and show how incredibly important art is for everyone, especially those who aren’t particularly artistic. A lot of times when people look at art they automatically try to find meaning which isn’t necessarily bad but oftentimes most people can’t understand or connect with art the way they think most artists do but I feel that simply just admiring art is the beauty of art, the creativity of coming up with your own meanings within someone else art piece, while it could be completely opposite of the artits intent, is what makes us individuals and all unique. The way I do this with my art is by utilizing ambiguity, on the surface of course it is a pretty picture and fun to look at, but all of my paintings are a reflection of a moment of my life that I wished to preserve with all the feelings and emotions I felt in those moments. My point is that everyone has those moments in time they wish to preserve that is special for them and unfortunately, many people choose not to take up any form of art so they are unable to express their internal emotions, but I believe everyone should have an emotional outlet that lets them explore their inner beings.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets my art apart from others, and anyone’s art for that matter, is that it is all me. Every painting I’ve created is an image that’s sprouted from my head and made its way to the canvas, the way my art makes me feel is my main goal when creating my pieces. I want the viewer to understand my emotions from my paintings and I think it’s even more fun when they do not because not everyone feels the same way I do and I love that! I can say that I am very impressed with how far my imagination can reach with my paintings. Art that escapes reality is moving to me because of its vulnerability. It is hard being vulnerable in front of others, and I find it very admirable when an artist can step out of their comfort zone and really capture what is true to them. Getting to where I am today was a struggle on my part because I haven’t always been comfortable with my art style and I would continuously compare myself to other artist but I’ve realized what makes other artists so great in their pieces is their uniqueness and vulnerability which inspires me today still. When I view others’ artworks I am fascinated by their openness to new interesting ideas in the art world. So overcoming those challenges was an amazing milestone for me because it opened a door to some of my most favorite art pieces I’ve created, without realizing those things I don’t believe my style would have progressed to what it is now. I hope that other young upcoming artists realize the same if they’re having the same insecurities so that art can become more diverse and progressive than it has ever been in history.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
That’s easy! Downtown Houston is really where it’s at, of course, I would think the best spot is the art museum but I also find joy in visiting the many other museums in Houston they are all fascinating and full of new subjects as well as old subjects which is even better!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Yes! I would dedicate the success I’ve acquired right now to all of my art teachers throughout my academic art career, they each saw potential in me that I was unaware of and it has progressed my art into what it is today! I am so unbelievably grateful for these people and their efforts to support me in whatever way they can whether it’s giving me ideas about my art or simply saying I did a good job. All increments of encouragement have brought me to the sort of success I’m at today and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂