Elizabeth Lee Taylor aka Betsy Taylor
As a young person, I drew everything that caught my interest. Setting it down with a minimum of fuss was my great joy. Sketchbooks were my first and favorite medium! I sought art classes year-round and achieved a Scholastic Gold Key award for my portfolio in high school (Pittsford Sutherland in Western NY), going on to graduate with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.
I began employment as an advertising illustrator in Rochester, NY, but taking on jobs in commercial illustration cut into my free sketching time and pushed that process aside. The pressures sapped my joy of simply creating art. A painting class at a local studio led me in a new artistic direction: drawing, painting, and teaching!
In 1994, with a group of professional artists, I took the reins of the Earth & Arts Center in Honeoye Falls, NY (where I had taken that formative painting class). This art school merged with the marvelous, existing Mill Gallery at that site. Occupying two stories of a historic stone gristmill built in the early 1800s, we reorganized as a non-profit for art classes with a fantastic gallery, becoming Mill Art Center & Gallery.
I taught drawing and painting, managed the Art Center, hung the exhibits, and sold my works and the art of hundreds of artists (our enthusiastic supporting members) until2014 whenI moved to Beverly, and then, a year later, to Hull. During those 19 years I found teaching avid artists-to-be an avocation I enjoy dearly.
Along the way, I branched into scenic painting for stage productions- great fun while my children were in school! Our own Honeoye Falls-Lima schools were the starting point; over the years multiple other drama groups hired me to create sets for their productions.
My rich, color-saturated images are the result of painting places I love to be in, getting caught up in the details and the play of light and hue. Every so often I jolt back to fresh, fast and crisp paintings from life, harkening back to my sketchbook days. Catching not only a likeness, but the essence of a place or an individual’s personality is truly what I set out for, in any medium.
I am delighted to join Hull Artists and eager to pick up the thread put my efforts into another arts center. I have joined Gallery Nantasket and am on the Hanging and Exhibit committees. I have participated in volunteer work in the arts at Jacobs school and curated Hull Artists’ group shows at Caldwell Banker in Hull and Simply Smiths in Cohasset as well as Gallery Nantasket.