Current Projects and Activities
April 2018: Park Street Market, Art Show Curator
February 2018: Art Club (Hudson Valley): This is not the official name but I have organized us together for monthly meetings and we all keep each other in the loop as far as available events for local artists and craftspeople. We believe in strength in numbers and are currently working on a curriculum for various workshops and events to engage with the public and foster learning about the arts and crafts among our respective neighborhoods.
November 2017: Art and Craft Fair Organizer, Valley Rock Inn
October 2017 – present: Podcaster: Dream a Little Dream access through iTunes, Google Play and Soundcloud: [https://soundcloud.com/bnnyrbbt-3/dream-a-little-dream][https://play.google.com/music/m/Ilsdcxxswgdv5edesaefux4gsgi?t=Dream_a_Little_Dream]
December 2013 – present: Facebook Art Page Curator: jessietaylorpaints.com [https://www.facebook.com/jessietaylorpaints/] A space to feature artists and various quotes or poetry, for me to promote myself and engage people with Dream a Little Dream Podcast, meet other artists and people who are interested in the arts.
October 2013 – present: Painting Instructor: Sip and Paint events, painting classes at local libraries and the Bergen County Probation Office, private tutoring.
- Bergen County Probation Office: April 2017 – present, instructing at risk teens through a painting exercise with their parents or guardians. Painting is believed to be a therapeutic exercise to help rekindle a lost bond with a parent. Through this bond there is a belief that recidivism will be less of a factor.
- Seven Lakes Station: January 2018: Every last Wednesday of the month I walk patrons through a simple painting in a pub setting.
June 2014 – Present: Live Painter, I have been hired to paint live at weddings and various parties in Brooklyn. I also paint live during the street fair I do in Sugarloaf, NY.
Other Experience, Shows, collections
2001: Hard Times Lounge, St. Louis MO: bar sized mural
2001-2004: Drawl Club, St. Louis, MO: various events and shows
2005: Clay Brown, St. Louis, MO: Private Room Mural
2006-2008: Art Co-op, St. Louis, MO: various shows and events
2008: Coffee House, St. Louis MO: various works on display
2008: Fielder Collection, St. Louis, MO: Bubble Bath Spider
2009: Whiskey River Saloon, Little Falls, MN: Outdoor mural
2012: Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, Rochester NY
2015: Mitsalexakis Collection, Brooklyn, NY: Bunny Ribs
2015: Zinna Collection, Las Vegas, NV
2015: Baker-Hughes Collection, Chicago, IL: Grasshopper
2016: Taylor Collection, Chicago, IL: Star burst, watermelons, reclining nude
2011-2016: Chatfield Collection, Little Falls, MN: various works
2017: Pancakes and Booze NYC
2017: Sue Sanford Collection, Tuxedo Park, NY, Boat Rides
2017: Ada Jo Hunter Collection: Pisces Passion, Sugarloaf, NY: The Mermaid and the Skeleton
2017: Jaclyn Marie Collection, Sugarloaf, NY: Love Knows No Time
2018: Seven Lakes Station, Sloatsburg, NY
Born: St. Louis, MO; October 21, 1980
Since a child, I had always excelled at coloring and drawing, etc. In 2nd grade I sold hand drawn posters to my classmates. I used to draw penguins that were dancing on the beach and written across the top was the saying, 'Life's a Beach!' It was, life was a beach in those days; selling posters for 25 cents a pop! A girl needed her candy money in those days.
I have been painting seriously since I was 16 years old and I wish I still had some of my work from those early days. I painted a portrait of a family member from a picture on her wedding day. I painted her normal skin tone with magenta hair and turned it in senior year of high school as part of a final project. When high school was over I made a run for it and didn't look back. I moved to Chicago and attended Loyola University for a few years. While at Loyola in a printmaking class I was struck with a memory of this painting and desired to see it again. I went back to my art teacher, coined Sister Satan because she was such a &*@#$!, and I asked her if she still had my painting. She looked at me in my face with her familiar mean nun face and told me she threw it away. I stared at her thinking to myself that I am not sorry for ever calling her Sister Satan or acting out in class. She would never have done that to any of her pet students who so diligently mixed colors and recreated color wheel after color wheel. Those pet students followed her rules and strived to please her while I mainly displayed behaviors consistent with a renegade or juvenile delinquent. Nonetheless and irrespective of my behavior, there was no reason for her to throw out my painting which I believed was the impetus of my painting career.
I finished my studies of art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I believe that I am one class shy of a minor. I never took design I as I believed I was above it...nor did I take Painting I for the same reason. I had been painting for 6 years by that time and also recently finished a mural in the Hard Times Lounge in St. Louis, MO. I was also slightly scarred from the incessant color wheeling I had done in all of the independent introductory classes I had taken in various locations including the St. Louis Art Museum from the age of 12. I was not paying $150 per credit hour to learn another lesson about the color wheel! I waltzed into Painting II without detection. There, I painted a self-portrait assigned by my Painting II teacher and the assignment was to use anything besides a paint brush. I embraced this. I was excited and I painted what I thought was the second turning point in my painting career. My family loved it and my friends believed that I had captured the essence of myself. I took it with me to Painting III and hung it in my studio space proudly. Thanksgiving rolled around and I went to my mom's in Minnesota and was talking about this painting at dinner; everyone bored of me talking again about this piece of work. My mom mentioned that I should not leave my work at school over the long breaks after I finished whining about how the teachers told us to clean out our studio spaces before the break. I was confident in the '22 year old way' that nothing was going to happen. Needless to say, I returned to school to a missing self-portrait!? I reported this painting as stolen to the police at the University and they laughed at me. I truly believed my painting was worth $1500 or $2,000. They laughed while I gave the description which made me want to punch them all in the face.
Later, I became pregnant with my son and was unusually inspired by my body and how I could hold a baby inside it--not that it is unusual to be inspired by your own body, but I had never experienced this magnitude of inspiration before. Nonetheless, I was inspired my vagina and decided a vagina was the missing image for Penis Envy. I realize this is a taboo topic and have not received too much praise for this painting and in fact have received weird looks. My thinking is that If we can stare in Awe at the DAVID then we should be able to celebrate a nude and exposed woman too! I spent 4 or 5 years wrestling with this painting. It came to life once I put on the vagina and then next the fire hydrant, which was so much fun to put in the scene. I have shown this painting at three separate art shows: 2 with the Art COOP in St. Louis, MO. and 1 at the Rochester Erotic Art show in Rochester, NY. This painting was never accepted in any of the coffee house shows for which I applied and/or showed work. When I showed this painting at the last COOP art show before I left for London the curator, a drunken Charles Bukowski-esque kind of dude, refused to return this painting to me. He threatened to destroy it. He was mad because I paid my entrance fee at the end of the show rather than beforehand; after I sold all my work. I called the cops to force him to give me my painting back and was again laughed at by law enforcement. Isn't a painting my property? If someone threatens to destroy it and never give it back that is a crime, right!? This is now THE turning point in my career and with a little consideration of my history; naming all of my paintings that I fall in love with turning points in my career; I am ready to part with this one to make room for a new one. I believe that it was out of my loss that I set out to paint better and better to make up for the lost works that went before.
I have sold a number of other works as I sloughed off a lot of my work before I left to live in London. I was selling paintings for $20 & $40 just to get them out of my basement. I signed them in all caps J.TAYLOR with a black sharpie. Today, I sign in black paint but for a while I refused to sign my work because I never had the chance to sign the work that I had to part with abruptly. Recently, I was convinced to sign a mural I painted in Little Falls, MN at Whiskey River Saloon and when I hired a framer for Penis Envy she reinforced the importance of signing my work. I don't know that I am fully converted...
Nonetheless, I believe I have my 10,000 hours in and the work that is posted on here is by far the best I have produced yet. I continue to surprise myself and that is exactly why I keep working. I am finding my technique and want to expand my collection to 12, then, put together a show in New York City. That is the next thing I want to add to my CV/BIO here; art show in NYC.
Otherwise, I am an artist who occasionally tutors young people in drawing or painting. I feel complete when I am inspiring young artists with the passion I feel for art.