We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor McCabe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, why did you pursue a creative career?
To allow myself to be vulnerable and share my passions with others. Since I was young I always found joy in making others feel welcomed and appreciated, and with my art I can relate to others’ emotions and remind them that we are not alone in this world, rather, we are all a part of something much bigger and lovelier than we could ever imagine.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a mostly self-taught artist. Growing up art was a way to express myself and put my emotions on paper. I have had an anxiety disorder since I was a child, along with depressive episodes and other mental issues. Art has helped me tackle these intense feelings and turn them into digestible pieces that are not only easier to process but usually lovely to look at as well. I love art because it allows me to be fully vulnerable with myself and create something from the heart. I think having a friends who also make art has inspired me and helped me grow in ways I never imagined myself to. It also helped to make connections with other artists and learn from one another. My biggest achievement from the past few years was painting a piano for the Wonderfront music festival in Seaport Village. I was gifted a vintage piano and I was to paint it to be displayed at the 3-day festival. I had two days to complete it, and it was the largest scale project I had ever done. It was pouring rain and all I had was a tarp above me. Pools of water surrounded me and the piano was submerged with an inch of water around it. I painted for 16 hours straight that day. That day I felt so aligned with my purpose. Despite the pouring rain, freezing water surrounding me, I was painting this piano and enjoying every minute of it. My art was to be displayed at a music festival with huge artists. I felt so excited for my future as an artist, and still think of that every time I doubt myself. I am so thankful for fun opportunities like that to push me. Art is not easy as many people think. You have to dive deep into your mind and manifest your thoughts into this physical reality. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to a few bars around the city, some that come to mind are Whistle Stop bar and Tiger!Tiger. There are tons of great spots in the downtown/North Park/South Park area. I would take them to my local pizza spot, Pizzeria Luigi, for some by-the-slice pizza. I would then take them to get dessert at SomiSomi on Convoy street, or Mr. Frosty in Pacific Beach. During the day, I would take them to Kate Sessions park, as well as a roller skate trip around Coronado or Mission Bay. I would definitely take them thrifting all over the city as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to everyone who has helped me grow into the person I am today. Past lovers, partners, friends, family members, bullies. I thank them all for being a part of my journey.