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Meet Marjorie Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marjorie Taylor.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t an artist. As a kid, I never had art lessons but spent my allowance buying how to draw books. I filled my school notebooks with sketches and went to college for art. After I earned my BA, I spent years as a graphic designer and illustrator in Boston, Tucson, and San Diego. I designed advertising and promotional pieces for a variety of clients, illustrated books for educational publishers, and continued to seek out teachers on a life-long journey of discovery, from digital art to oil painting, and back again.

When I began oil painting, it opened up a whole new world of fine art to me. I participated in plein air painting events around the country in Telluride, Carmel, Borrego Springs, and even in Paris, France. I exhibited and sold my work in galleries and museums, and have been a member of so many professional art organizations that it looks like alphabet soup: CAC, PAPASAN, SCBWI, OPA, etc.

I combine my passion for creating art and love of travel with a curiosity about different cultures.

My wanderlust has taken me on many adventures with my portable art studio in a backpack.

Seven months bicycling and camping in Europe, painting trips to Guatemala, France, Morocco, Italy, and Mexico. Right now, my husband and I have two older dogs, so we are sticking closer to home.

I teach oil painting to adults at a studio in North Park, and once a month, I cross the border to teach art to kids at a foster home in Tijuana with other volunteers. Teaching is an opportunity to share my love of art and years of painting experience with others.

I am honored that my work hangs in public and private collections nationally and internationally, humbled by the trust that my painting students put in me, and have gratitude that I have been able to pursue art throughout my life.

Please tell us about your art.
I love painting in oils on location. Painting en plein air enables me to express what I have witnessed with my own eyes and felt in my heart, as well as the sounds, smells, and tastes of a place and moment in time. I take lots of photos as reference for my studio work. I am inspired by the mysterious eyes of a nomad I met in the Sahara desert, by the patterns of Turkish rugs in a market outside of an underground city in Cappadocia, and by the glitter of sunlight that dances along spider webs outlined by early morning dew when I’m walking my dogs in the canyon near my house.

I hope that people who view my art feel some empathy with, and curiosity about the subject I’ve painted. I know that place! Who is that? I want to go there!

I am participating in fewer exhibitions these days so I can concentrate on my own projects in between teaching gigs. My goal is to synthesize my graphic art and fine art backgrounds, my love of storytelling through words and pictures, my skills in oil painting and digital art, to create children’s books.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
Success is one of those words that I find difficult to define. If you had told me when I was a little kid growing up in a small town in New Jersey that I would find myself painting in locations around the globe and exhibiting my work in galleries and museums around the country, I would have said that I was successful. But sometimes I’m left with a vague sense that I could have painted something better, won a first-place award instead of third place, or sold more paintings at a show.

Does success come from sales or fulfillment through self-expression? I don’t know. Maybe success is the friendships you make and experiences that you share with other artists.

I believe that an artist needs to be dedicated to their craft and tenacious enough to continue doing the work every day, despite whatever challenges life throws at them.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my website: or Instagram page: @taylorpaintings.

In San Diego, I have paintings hanging at the Marston House Museum in Balboa Park. I have a couple of small paintings currently on exhibit at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and Cosmopolitan Fine Art in La Jolla.

The studio on Ray Street, where I teach, also shows my paintings.

People support my work when they buy my paintings and take my classes.

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Image Credit:
Marjorie Taylor
Katie Gardner – Personal photo


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