We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Gallegos and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, how do you think about risk?
My relationship to risk is based around the concept that I feel that I have unique opportunities, I have a unique skillset, I have a relatively solid level of support around me, and I have a relatively low level of responsibility weighing on my shoulders. With all the these factors in place, I feel that it’s my duty or my charge to go as big as I can in the time that I will have here. Not everyone is lucky in the ways that I am, so I need to aim high, risk big, and ultimately succeed for them. There’s no reason for me not to thrive, and then do as much good in the world as I can with that success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art comes in the form of painting and drawing, on paper, canvas or large scale on walls. Some might say that what sets me apart is my ability to capture the essence of my subject or concept. What really excites me is that spark, that glimmer that is unique to a person or situation. It’s that fire that you see from the reflected light off someone’s eye, it’s the energy that you feel from a concept that’s rooted so deeply that you feel it in your core. It’s this knife edge of beauty, power, and existence where we want to exist. I got to where I am professionally through consistency and a love of being “In progress.” The process of making art is the art for the artist. What we’re left with is the beautiful and powerful remnant for the viewer. They are totally different sides of the same coin. It hasn’t been easy, but really the difficulty was getting through the self imposed hurdles that are there because of a lack of awareness of the self and one’s habits. Once I stopped resisting the fact that I’m not perfect and that I have to grow, everything started to flow. One thing I’d love people to know about my brand is and story is that I stand for the beautiful, conscious, loving, and fun side of the human experience. We’re all on a rock flying through space for a blink of an eye, and we’re all just doing the best we can with what we’ve got. If we can operate on that wavelength, we can all have a much better experience here on this planet together. My art is a manifestation of that frequency. It’s about the love, the beauty, the color, the variety, and the connection in all things.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooooooooooooh, nice. First off, it would be a surf trip. We’d make a trip to jump in the ocean every morning at dawn, and in the evenings for sunset. We’d visit all the best beaches in S.D. county. We’d chill at beautiful cafes, drink good coffee, eat breakfast burritos, spend time in the morning air enjoying the San Diego vibes. We’d visit the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, Swami’s meditation gardens in Encinitas, walk the Oceanside Pier, Check out the murals at Barrio Logan, have a night in the Gaslamp, and check out the seals on the beach in La Jolla. And we’d definitely eat well at all the wonderful restaurants and bars all over the county, making sure to visit Campfire restaurant in Carlsbad, a few blocks from my apartment.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
One person in particular stands out in a big way. Lewis Howes, of the School of Greatness podcast has influenced me hugely. I started listening to that podcast when I was still working construction years back. His interviews with entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, etc, really showed me the keys to going all in for my own journey. I’ve read all his books. I’ve gone to the podcast’s yearly summits. It’s had a huge impact on my life.

Website: taylorgmural.com
Instagram: @taylorgmurals
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylorgallegosart
Youtube: Taylor G Murals

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