Today we’d like to introduce you to Janine Taylor.
Janine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Many years ago, I was praying with a friend over the phone. While in prayer, she began to sense that I was gifted as a painter, and she shared this with me. I had no previous experience, or desire to paint, so I was somewhat resistant to what she was telling me. Upon her encouragement, I decided to explore this further. I went to Aaron Brothers (now defunct) on La Brea and Melrose to purchase the art supplies.
I felt very foolish because I did not know what type of brushes, paint, or canvas to purchase. I made my best effort, and when I returned home, I laid all the supplies out in my bedroom and nervously began to paint. The strokes of the paintbrush flowed out of me, and to my amazement, I painted my very first painting. I was staring at a simple painting of a dancer that I had created. This painting will always be very special to me, and I will never take it for granted.
I was so excited about this newfound talent that I continued to practice painting on canvas each day. I gave many of my paintings away as gifts to family and friends. They were just as excited as I was, and I began to receive more attention in this area. Even with this, I was reluctant to call myself an artist. I did not feel qualified to be put in this category.
I solely painted on canvas for the first four to five years of my journey. During most of this time, I did not tire of painting. It was new, and lots of fun. I always relished in the final product and felt a great sense of satisfaction when a work was completed. Shortly thereafter, I began painting on greeting cards, and bookmarks, and then, tee shirts. I painted images of people in healthy relationships (dancers, married couples, children, parents, and children). By this time, people began asking to purchase my work, and I opened an online Etsy store and participated in a few craft shows. I had learned what type of paint and paintbrushes worked best for me, and I started feeling a little like an artist.
I presently share my work on Instagram, and Facebook, and have art for purchase on three online outlets. My line has expanded to include painted clothing for women (dresses, jackets, skirts, and tops), earrings, and magnets. Use acrylic paint on canvas, wood, and paper, and fabric paint on clothing. I love color and paint out of my own imagination. I absolutely love painting and am so grateful for this wonderful outlet. Now, I can definitely say that I am an artist.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. One of my greatest challenges has been to not compare my artwork with the artwork of others. I have been able to see my flaws in my work, and have sometimes felt less than other artists because I am untrained. I have to keep focusing on the fact that I have my own style, and that it does not need to mirror the styles of others. Even with this challenge, I do love my artwork. It is so colorful, and engaging.
I also recently resigned from my job, so I am now a full-time artist. I have been challenged with gaining widespread recognition of my work, even with the assistance of social media, I am still trying to find creative and effective ways to connect with my personal audience.
Please tell us more about your work – what else should we know?
I am an artist who specializes in canvas art, along with hand-painted greeting cards, bookmarks, wooden earrings, magnets, and clothing. With the exception of using fabric paint on the painted clothing, I use acrylic paint on all of my works. I also use dried flowers on canvas and paper at times.
My painted works include colorful images of people, trees, flowers, a bird on a branch, beach scenes, and abstract art. I paint out of my own imagination, so the images and designs are original.
I am most proud that each clothing design is hand painted, and not copied, I take custom orders for clothing, and will paint directly on the customer’s clothes. This is also what sets me apart.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I believe that there will always be a demand for art because it is so uplifting and inspirational. It speaks life into the heart and feeds the soul.
While canvas art has been very popular, there is a growing trend to include art in fashion, and everyday items such as journals, bath towels, mugs, etc. There are now websites that allow the consumer to select an image of artwork, and along with an item for the image to be copied onto. I believe that this trend will continue.
- Hand painted greeting cards (blank on the inside) $5 each
- Hand painted laminated bookmarks $5 each
- Hand painted tee shirts ranging from $25 to $50
- Hand painted dresses, jackets, skirts, pants ranging from $40-$75
- Hand painted earrings ranging from $15 – $25
- Hand painted magnets ranging from $7-$15
- Canvas art ranging from $25-$200
- Custom hand painted clothing items ranging from $25-$75 each
- Website: etsy.com/shop/creativehealing and 1-janine-taylor.fineartamerica.com and redbubble.com/people/janinetaylor
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/paint_by_janine_taylor and www.instagram.com/janinecreates2
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blendedcolors/