Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor

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Creston, British Columbia

Painting

The works that I am most known for are paintings of Westcoast people in masks, button blankets and woven hats; many of them dancing.  I also enjoy painting images of moccasins, mukluks and snowshoes.  A lot of these things I saw being created by my relatives as I was growing up. My heritage is Tlingit and the first twelve years of my life were in Teslin. I now think back and realize how inspired I was by the creativity that was all around me during childhood.  I have a picture of my great grandfather making snowshoes and I am certain that he did not think of himself as an artist.  He was just making something functional to get by in the north. Now I recognize the great skill, love and artistry that was put into everything that all my relatives made.
I began to use paints around the year 2000 following a lifetime of drawing with pencil. I experimented with other painting mediums but was ultimately drawn to acrylics as my primary medium because they were fast drying and suited my painting speed.