Phaedra Jean Taylor
Phaedra was raised on the rocky shores of northern Scotland, where a love of all things old seeped into her bones. At thirteen she was transplanted to Dallas, Texas, where she learned to love open spaces and quiet landscapes. After discovering an artistic interest in drawing during anatomy class, she completed her BFA in sculpture at the University of North Texas, where she was also awarded the Most Outstanding Student in the Visual Arts award. She interned at the Chinati Foundation, in Marfa Texas. Since then she has been exploring the disciplines of encaustic painting, printmaking, watercolor and assemblage. She is interested in ideas of play, innocence, memory, and belonging. Her work has been exhibited in juried, group, and solo exhibitions, and is held in private collections of various individuals around the globe. Her work has been featured in both magazine and book publications. She is also involved in creating commissioned liturgical works for church communities, and personal devotional pieces for individuals to use as part of their spiritual practice. Teaching both children and adults has been an ongoing endeavor for the past 15 years, and she particularly loves teaching in retreat environments. Phaedra lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband, daughter and son, where she attempts to maintain a consistent studio practice while negotiating the demands of motherhood and the joys of gardening.
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