There's nothing like summer in the Hamptons, and if you happen to be there this weekend, multi-medium artist Taylor Slater is hosting her third solo show at The Montauk Beach House. She's teaming up with Lonely Whale - a nonprofit dedicated to saving our oceans through creative collaborations - by auctioning off a painting where 100% of the proceeds will go towards the fight for a plastic-free ocean. If her sunset and beach-inspired paintings weren't enough to make us love her, this most recent pairing certainly does! We sat down with Taylor earlier this week to get to know her, her art and her inspiration as she preps to share her latest collection, The Pink Coast.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, and the work you do.
My name is Taylor! I'm a multi-medium artist, always on the lookout for the best vegan restaurant, and an average analog photographer. I started off with photography and graphic design and have transitioned into being a full-time painter within the last two years. I am constantly inspired by nature, therefore always painting it. My mediums are always evolving, but my subject remains the same. I am passionate about keeping the oceans clean and living a sustainable lifestyle. When others see my artwork, I want them to understand that the earth was created for us to enjoy and take care of. There’s something about nature that “brings us back" and humbles us; that's the feeling I'm trying to capture in my art. If we ruin nature we ruin that connection with nature. It will hurt us more than anything. I want people to experience an inner peace when they see my work, but also be inspired to treat the earth with care.
2. We are a huge fan of your art! Can you tell us about your creative process?
Thank you so much ! My creative process depends on each collection. My first collection was all inspired by Hawaii; I painted the places I've seen and photographed on Oahu. My second collection was places I dreamt of and envisioned in my head. My most recent collection is a place I wish I have been to but never have. It's a place with pink sunsets and pink sand beaches (how ideal is that?!). Overall I just create what I love.
3. What is your biggest inspiration?
Nature. It's inspired me in everything I do, but mainly my art.
4. When you aren't creating your awesome work, what do you do in your free time?
Cook, eat, beach, photograph, sleep is an average day-off.
5. How did you discover that art is your passion?
I have always loved the visual arts. Even when I was a little kid I loved decorating my school project boards and choosing my outfits for the next day. I have always been passionate about putting different things together and making them look beautiful. Art was what came most natural to me. Although it took me awhile to harness my passion for art into painting, I always knew I wanted to be in the art world.
6. What gave you the courage to start selling your artwork?
A woman named Danielle really took me under her wings and encouraged me to have my first art show. I was always super nervous about how others would respond to my artwork. Danielle walked me through the whole process and then coached me while doing it. My friends and family also were huge encouragements for me. I couldn't have gotten here without the community that has surrounded me.
7. Besides your ocean artwork, you're creating in a lot of other ways - can you share some of your favorites with us?
Yes ! I love making nothing into something. Photography, videography, and graphic design were all my first loves before painting. I'm super into architecture and interior design too. Anything in the visual arts world is right up my alley.
8. What advice would you give to young creatives?
I would tell them to never get discouraged and give up on what they love, even when your family and your friend's family tells you to give up and pursue something “normal." Don't settle for normal and don't be afraid to do something different than everyone around you; just because it's different doesn't mean it's the wrong choice. Follow what you're passionate about without hesitation and work as hard as you can to achieve your goals. You can do anything you set your mind to, you just have to be willing to step out and work ten times harder and longer than your friends. It will pay off. Keep yourself passionate, allow yourself to change and transform, fall in love with the process, take advantage of every opportunity no matter how small it is, be kind to people, don't forget who you are and where you came from, believe in you and your art.