We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Victoria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Painting! Painting is the thing that lights up my whole being. Whenever I have my paint brushes in hand and am in the act of creating, I feel a sense of peace wash over me. Being human means enduring conflict, struggle, and facing challenges. None of us have a free pass that gets us out of painful experiences. However, also true of life is that we each have our unique gifts. My art is my way of contributing to the beauty of this world. Both the process and the final product bring me great joy! In addition to painting, I also really love spending time outdoors hiking, running, and practicing yoga. All of these activities ground me and bring me back to my center.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a full time local artist specializing in custom canvas and mural artwork. My business unexpectedly began back in 2013. At this time, I was attending college with initial plans of becoming a kindergarten teacher. I went through a sticky time in my personal life. Art has been a consistent practice for me whenever I’ve needed to work through something internally, feel connected to myself, or find a moment of enjoyment. I found myself being “drawn” to the practice that provided the most comfort and peace: drawing. One after the other, I began creating beautiful meditative mandala designs in my sketch pad. What started as a personal practice for healing, later transformed into the start of my entrepreneurial journey. That next summer was spent having my drawings printed onto clothing and yoga wear, creating prints of my artwork, learning the art of henna tattooing, and teaching myself how to develop a website. I spent the last two years of college selling my art prints, gear, and henna tattoos at yoga and art festivals around Arizona. Post college, I moved to California to do an apprenticeship for permanent tattooing. My education on new art forms, cultural design, and the connections I made in that time eventually led me on the path of creating wall murals for clients.
Over the years, my style has morphed, changed, evolved, and grown alongside my own growth as a person. Currently, I have been focused on wall murals for private clients and commercial buildings, as well as creating custom canvas artwork. I am grateful to be in a place of continually creating, honing my craft, and working to be equal parts artist and badass business woman!
What sets me apart is my ability to read people. I love connecting with others and I take the time to pick up on details about a person, company, or brand that they might not even be aware of themselves. I use this to then reflect who they are back in the artwork I am creating- be it a custom canvas piece or wall mural. I will always add my style, twist, and flare.. However, my goal is to more than anything be a vessel. It is my desire to create meaningful expressions of art that aligns with the client themselves.
I believe artwork is one of the most powerful forms of storytelling. You can walk into someone’s home and know more about their personality just by the artwork they have hanging on their walls. You can enter a conference room at a company and feel what their values are. You can drive past a building and catch their vibe instantly by the mural they have displayed. I’ve seen first hand the transformative power that art has displayed in my own journey. This understanding has led me to my gift: The desire to now tell YOUR story through artwork.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of my favorite patios to sit out and have lunch and margaritas on is Lon’s located at the Hermosa Inn. I would start off our time together there and then perhaps head downtown for a staycation at Hotel Palomar. Poolside drinks and rooftop patio fun are a must! Afterwards, I would need to waltz my friend over to Renaissance Square where I’d show off my open art studio space located in their lobby. Then, just a hop, skip, and jump away is Harumi Sushi- the best sushi in all of the valley! The best way to finish off the trip would be to snag a treat from Nami located on 7th street north of McDowell.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a shout out to the business networking group I attend called BNI Paragon. I joined this group several years ago, and from it I have gained incredible relationships, business mentorship, and ongoing education. This has added amazing value to both my professional and personal life, and therefore deserving recognition for where I am at in my career today.
Jessica Elaine Photography, Ryan Bengford Photography