Name: Karin Louise Taylor
Country of Origin: Australia
I use painting as a vehicle for expressing emotion as well as a reason to further my passion for researching different themes. Painting is always a learning experience for me. In researching my subject I am learning new things, and this is my favourite part of the process. In executing the painting itself I am problem-solving. Finishing a painting is a great accomplishment, which brings with it a sense of achievement.
Karin Taylor was born in 1965 in Parkes in the middle of a drought. Her early life was interesting, living in extreme landscapes, on the coast or in the outback or the bush as it is better known. She soon developed a fascination with colorful characters and an inquisitive nature.
A dreamy child, Karin was a drawer of fairies and princesses and won regular $2 prizes and Merit Certificates in the Sydney Morning Herald children’s drawing competitions.
Karin’s father John, an artist also, encouraged Karin to pick up the brush at the age of 15, introducing her to famous Australian artists in person, such as Maynard Waters and Graeme Stevenson. There was a certain amount of solace in the brush, and painting became a cathartic experience.
Karin is wife and mum with 2 kids…After the kids came along, Karin dabbled in oils, pastels and acrylics now and then, until she experienced a dramatic change and what was a hobby became a fully-fledged passion in Karin’s life. In the summer of 2002 Karin began painting full time and producing lots of work and within a short time was exhibiting in galleries along the east coast of NSW and Qld. Admirers from as far away as the United States and United Kingdom began to collect Karin’s paintings.
Karin’s use of mixed media allows her to explore different mediums and materials, and how they produce unexpected results which excite the imagination. The use of mixed media has become a way of exploring boundaries and pushing limitations.
Karin’s inspiration flows from the immediate environment, namely her coastal surrounds. She aspires to uplift the viewer wherever possible through her character portrayals.
“The real epiphany for me would be that art is not only a career that I am pursuing, art is who I am, it defines me, it is the creative expression of all that I am, all that I see, all that I know…. all that I yearn for.”
I love to be near the ocean, I find it lifegiving and cleansing…it’s beauty takes my breath away. I’ve always been one for exploring the rockpools, walking the beach and daydreaming…the ocean recharges my batteries and makes me feel inspired…I also get that from a full moon!….
oh and I also like to sit in the sun on a cold day, absorbing the warmth and just daydreaming about my next painting, that’s when the best ideas come. Listening to my children play their music and seeing them develop their creative abilities …hearing about their day at dinner time, watching my family interact and being a part of a team, these are the greatest pleasures in life. Art is more than something I do, it really defines who I am. I paint because it is necessary to be creative in order to find balance and happiness. I love what I do and warmly welcome you to my portfolio.
2008 Mum=Mum2 Exhibition, Manly, Sydney
2008 Vivid Fine Art & Jewellery Gallery, Lennox Head
2007 Swell Gallery, Tugun 2004-2005 Rotating art Cafe De Mer, Lennox Head
2004 Inspirational Gallery, Robina Town Centre, Autumn Exhibition, QLD
2004 The Ethical Feast, Bangalow, NSW
2004 Avalon 8, Byron Bay, Autumn Exhibition, NSW
2004 Sheoak Shack Gallery Café, Fingal, Whole Womans Forum, NSW
2004 Roxy Gallery, Kyogle, Perspectives Exhibition, NSW
2004 Horizons Art Gallery, South Tweed Heads, Between the River and the Sea, NSW
2004 Citrus Upstairs Gallery, Byron Bay, Citrus Gets Fresh for Summer, NSW
2003 Sheoak Shack Gallery Café, Fingal, Art Not War, NSW
2003 Horizons Art Gallery, South Tweed Heads, NSW
2002 Masterpieces Lennox Head Primary School
~ Brett Whitely, Gustav Klimt, Mirka Mora, Arthur Boyd, Clifton Pugh, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Ken Done, John Olsen, Kim Gamble, May Gibbs, Shaun Tan, Poh Ling Yeow, Ainslie Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder, Margaret Olley, Charles Blackman, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Preston and Albert Tucker, Indie Music, scripture, psalms and novels incl Hawaii by James Michener, Del Kathryn Barton, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Margaret MacDonald, Art Nouveau, fashion, Frida Kahlo, traditional costumes from other cultures, particularly asian.