Artist Profile — Kristi Taylor
I have always admired people who can pick an interest and stick with it. Not that it’s bad to dabble—we learn so much that way. But focusing on an avocation or even concentrating on a certain theme can result in impressive work.
That’s how it is with abstract artist Kristi Taylor and her Tree Views series of paintings. Her kaleidoscopic interpretation of light filtering through trees has evolved.
“Many of my early Tree View compositions included roots,” said Kristi. “I think the roots grounded them visually in a way and as I moved toward abstraction I wanted to focus on the branches. My newest collection, Sunlit Trees, depicts full branches with circles of light shining through.”
“Tree View no. 2″ is one of Kristi’s earliest works in the series.
For the colorist living in the Appalachian mountain region of Tennessee, the bountiful trees were the perfect choice. “The Tree View series began in autumn as the leaves dropped from the trees revealing the lyrical lines of the branches,” said Kristi. “I was inspired by the shapes they created in the empty sky.”
Light dances through Kristi’s acrylics on canvas. From a distance, the glisten and glow is apparent. “A number of people have commented my work reminds them of stained glass so I hope that means I am doing something right with light,” said Kristi.
But gaze only from a distance and you’ll miss out. Zoom in on one of the Tree Views and the textural brush strokes and confident color combinations become the focus.
“The name Tree Views has a dual meaning in my work,” said Kristi. “Primarily it references two distinct vantages. One from a distance which relies on movement created with shape and color harmony and the other close up revealing the heavy textures and complexity of the color palette.”
“It can be like music,” said Kristi. “The right arrangement of tones creates harmony and the possibilities are endless.”
With an interest in Feng Shui, Kristi believes that color can affect mood and well being. “I tend to favor palettes that reflect something between tranquility and happiness,” said Kristi. “I want my color selections to make people feel good.”
Because of the mix of color, geometric and organic elements, Kristi has seen her paintings work well with many styles of home decor. “I love pairing them with dark woods and leather elements to really play up the contrasts,” said Kristi.
A career sidetrack into the world of digital design has served her well. In 1999, fresh out of college and armed with a Fine Art degree with a concentration in painting, Kristi found herself without the resources to market her then large-scale work to galleries. So she took a job in Web design. “That led to more new media jobs and…opportunities to learn a variety of digital mediums,” said Kristi.
Her Web jobs gave her the skills and knowhow to confidently present and market her artwork online. “By the time my Tree View paintings had grown into a collection I had more then enough knowledge to get them out there.”
Kristi’s advice for other artists? “Don’t use colors straight from the tube! Well, you can if you want to but I never do.”
Kristi Taylor’s paintings are found in galleries throughout the Southeast and are available online through:
What’s the most colorful piece in your home? How did it earn a place in your decor?