Today we’d like to introduce you to Ans Taylor.
Ans, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Bavaria, Germany. There I worked as an illustrator, media designer, and comic artist. I showed my comic art in a few shows throughout Germany. Later I decided to transfer my designs to skin. I apprenticed as a tattoo artist in Heidelberg. In this quaint town I also met my husband, an US Army officer stationed in Germany. We got married and moved with the military from Germany to Missouri, then to Seattle/Wa. I fell in love with hiking in the mountains and the untouched wilderness, and had more exposure to art again.
Our next stop took us to Tokyo, Japan, where I spent 2 1/2 years working in a Japanese studio and exploring the culture. I had a chance to organize cultural events with a Japanese friend and film maker and the legendary artist Horiyoshi III, summited Mount Fuji and learned martial arts. We came back to the US and settled in Prescott, Arizona. In this laid-back small town, I can now pour my time and energy into canvas and paint. I enjoy learning about the people, history, the critters and landscapes of Arizona and mirroring my explorations in my art (My studio is in the pines, visited by javelinas and deer….)
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a figurative painter, and my currently favorite medium is oil. I am fascinated by the people, stories and landscapes of this diverse state, and I want to share my explorations with the world. I have always been intrigued by capturing the human face, character, pose, and interaction between people. I love combining my models with surroundings that match the mood I want to express, and designing the desired compositions freely.
My newest project deals with the pioneer ladies of the Southwest. I researched over 400 photos in the town- and online archives, books, articles and interviewed the marketing manager of the Sharlot Hall museum. From an assortment of historic black and white photos I created a composition of Arizona’s first female historian in front of her donated museum mansion, holding the Auto Graflex she took on travels all over the territory, collecting stories and preserving history.
Big Nose Kate (Doc Holiday’s girl) is another character I portrayed in an oil painting. And there will be more to follow. I immensely enjoy giving life and color to these remarkable women from the past. Several paintings of this project will be displayed at my exhibition at the Artist Studio Tour in the Mountain Artist Guild Prescott, October 5-7.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
In the time of social media the role of every person can change from viewer or reader to author in the matter of an instant. For artists, it is easier to make art more accessible to our audience, and to convey our thoughts on the subject, responding to feedback in an immediate and personal manner. The arena is changing from the secluded painter in his studio, to a far more transparent author behind the pictures.
A smart man once noted that ‘art is always an offer’. In the end it’s up to the viewer to engage in that offering, react to it and take away from the artwork what you can carry over into your own world. As an artist I’m trying to offer my point of view (literally), and my perception of a specific character or situation. If I can reach an audience who is willing to take my offer and look into it, I have reached my aim.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Part of my newest project featuring the historic women of the Southwest will be displayed at the Mountain Artist Guild Prescott during September and October. (An 24×36″ oil on canvas composition of Arizonas first female historian, free thinker and poet Sharlot Hall, in front of the governor’s mansion and the old Prescott hills).
I will also exhibit a collection of my originals and prints, including the Cactus Queens, my new Historic Women of the Southwest project, landscapes, critters and other at the Artist Studio Tour in Prescott, October 5-7. I can be found in the downstairs level of the Mountain Artist Guild on N Alarcon, and I will have a free giveaway and painting demonstrations.
Furthermore, my new museum quality print shop and online store launches from my website at www.anstaylor.com on September 5. There will be coupons for new customers throughout fall!. I am always delighted about visitors to my Instagram @anstaylorart and any kind of feedback!
- Address: Prescott
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- Phone: 5207321355
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