About Taylor

Taylor Lee is a bright and color-obsessed artist with a passion for communicating through acrylic paintings.

Pulling inspiration from Baz Luhrmann, Lisa Frank, and the pulsing crowds of general admission at a pop punk show, she explores concepts like maximalism, mania, and madness. She is most recognized for her bold use of concentrated color that often incorporates free-spirited marks that create dichotomies between the wild and thoughtful, the bold and vulnerable. You can expect a cacophony of colors in her work, applied in a celebratory disco of expressive brushwork. Her style is somewhere at the crossroads of the naïve art movement and abstract expressionism.

Taylor has bipolar disorder, and this is an important component in her creative process. She sees the world through the ever twisting kaleidoscope of mania, experiencing extreme periods of high energy regularly as a result of bipolar disorder. Still, Taylor finds ways to bring the reality of a stigmatized mental illness into a celebratory light, creating paintings that are buzzing with energy, movement, and loud colors.

Originally from North Carolina, Taylor has spent her entire life in the Southern United States. She learned the basics of acrylic painting from her grandmother, who was also a passionate gardener. As a child Taylor was surrounded by hydrangeas, wisteria, cotton fields, and kudzu that spread like wildfire. It’s no coincidence that Taylor’s abstract paintings resemble an overgrowth in flora and fauna. She was also influenced by Puebla City, Mexico, where she spent the summer of 2017 as an artist-in-residence with Mexican visual artist Francisco Guevara at the Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency.

Taylor was recently named 20 on the Rise by Honey Book and The Rising Tide Society, and was recently featured in Design*Sponge.

Taylor Lee Paints :: Artist from North Carolina name 20 on the Rise Honeybook and Rising Tide :: Photo by Mikayla Christiansen
Taylor Lee Paints :: Artist from North Carolina :: Photo by Mikayla Christiansen
Taylor Lee Paints :: Taylor and her dog Frida in front of the Hense wall in Atlanta, GA


Favorite music at the moment: Strange Desire, Bleachers

Pray for the Wicked, Panic! at the Disco and Love is Dead, Chvrches

Favorite podcast right now: The Creative Pep Talk podcast with Andy J. Pizza!

Current read: Touched by Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic TemperamentKay Redfield Jamison

Favorite movie: Moulin Rouge! Baz Luhrmann, 2001

Favorite artists: Frida Kahlo, Lisa Frank, Lysa Jordan, Ana Leovy

Taylor Lee Paints :: Learn from Me
Let's Paint Together LIVE! Online Workshop BUNDLE

From June - July 2018, I hosted a series of live workshops from my studio! We painted together for OVER TWO HOURS each session, covering color theory, composition, how to rescue a “lost” painting, how to start from scratch, how to keep painting when you’re depressed, how to price your work, and more!

When you purchase this bundle, you will receive the recordings to all three of the workshops’ recordings, as well as supplemental materials which include:

10 Tips for Getting Out of Your Creative Rut (the ebook)
Let’s Paint Together LIVE Workbook
(25 pages of exercises to help you hone your artistic style)
My Essential Art Materials (a glorious shopping list)

Taylor Lee Paints :: Artist working in the studio