Taylor HayesI remember walking into an art museum for the first time. Growing up in a working class family in southwest Virginia, art was not a part of my life until I learned about and created art in public school. My education has remained the driving force of my development as an artist and the setting where I have learned the most about myself and my process. My studio art classes at Salem College taught me to see the subtleties in shape, form, and value of everyday scenes. Through my color theory coursework, I fell in love with imagery of light, shadows, and reflections as an abstracted lens into viewing the world. Most importantly, I discovered that what I love about creating is not the finished product, but the process of creating—gathering, sorting, and collating patterns into a fully formed body of work.

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