We had the good fortune of connecting with Marjorie Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marjorie, how do you think about risk?
Throughout my life and career, I’ve taken risks. Whether quitting my job as a graphic designer in Boston to move across the country to become a West coast painter, or traveling half-way around the world to paint en plein air, the risks I’ve taken have made my life more interesting. Most recently I took a risk by signing a lease on a new studio in the middle of a pandemic. The economic impact from COVID-19 made it impossible for my two partners at my former studio to pay the rent and it was too much for just me. I found a cute space in North Park that I knew wouldn’t stay vacant for long, so I had to make a quick decision and made the commitment. Luckily the classes I’m teaching online, as well as painting commissions, and gallery sales, have enabled me to survive 2020 and I love my new studio space on Upas Street.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I don’t think of myself as a brand. I’m an artist. What I’m most proud of is my ability to evolve. From graphic designer to oil painter, from illustrator to writer. I’m always learning new techniques, both traditional and digital. It’s never been easy, but I enjoy a challenge. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way, which is how I find myself teaching. What I want the world to know is that my art reflects how I see the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love taking people to Torrey Pines, where we’d go for a hike, or do some plein air painting. I tell people to bring their passport so we can go to Mexico. Maybe we’d do some wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe, or just head down to Tijuana to check out some art at Cecut and a good meal in the Zona Gastronomica. We’d probably spend at least one day in Balboa Park and a night hanging out in North Park, either for a walk to a local restaurant or music in the park. If the water is warm, maybe we’d snorkel with the leopard sharks at La Jolla shores. We’d check out the murals in Chicano Park, go to a play at the Old Globe, and listen to music outside at at Humphreys.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to the volunteers who put in countless hours working behind the scenes at various art organizations. Over the years I’ve been involved in organizations such as the California Art Club (CAC) and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.) Through these and other art organizations, I’ve found opportunities to connect with other artists, learn, exhibit, and sell my work. Most of these groups are staffed by volunteers. I appreciate all of the hard work they put into keeping these organizations going.
Katie Gardner Photo