Encaustic, oil, and acrylic
In Pamela Taylor’s most current work of encaustic, oil, and gold-leaf portraits, Taylor aims to raise the viewer’s consciousness about the preciousness of life, the Divine Spirit within, and the magnificence that is every woman. Taylor is inspired by the Egyptian Mummy portraits (3,400 years old and the oldest, largest body of encaustic work found to date), her 2016 trip to Russia, the religious icons in the beautiful churches throughout Russia, and her faith. Taylor is a San Antonio visual artist influenced by her 14 years as Co-Founder/CEO at Dress for Success San Antonio, as well her personal experience of domestic violence, childhood sexual abuse, working with inmates at Bexar County Jail, client stories and our current social/political climate. Taylor works in a variety of mediums, including acrylic, watercolor, ink, oil, encaustic (molten beeswax, demar resin), graphite, charcoal, and photography.
Q & A
Where are you from originally?
San Antonio, TX.
What are most people surprised to learn about you?
I was a professional Country Western singer for more than 25 years.
How has your life inspired or affected your art?
I am a 25-year survivor of domestic violence. I started painting as a way to heal from years of abuse.
It was a return to art after 14 years running a non-profit I started called Dress for Success San Antonio. I founded DFSSA because I wanted to make sure women were able to support themselves and not be financially dependent on abusive partners.
I also taught at Bexar County Jail for two years and consider that some of the most important work of my life.
My belief, compounded by my experiences, is that every person is Divine and is beautiful. I try to capture and celebrate the Divine essence in each of my portraits.