Suzanne Jacquot and Grant Taylor organize, and teach their own unique Abstract Art Workshops in acrylic and mixed media. Based in Sonoma County they facilitate day long workshops, 2 day workshops, 3 day intensives and 6 month mentoring locally and nationally. Often they have guest artists who share their vision of Creativity and Abstract Expressionism.
I have been a creative since I was three years old when I dug into the earth and found magical creatures living where I would never had imagined. It ignited my curiosity and awe which opened me up to "anything is possible". A few years later in first grade I was given a set of 48 crayolas. I was told I could use these to make a picture. I was so bowled over with the perfect beauty of all the colors I thought how can I make something more beautiful than they are. I managed to trace a big maple leaf I found and carefully filled it will a rainbow of colors and treasured this image for years.
My education consists of a BFA at UC Berkeley in psychology and design, an MFA from Mills College in sculpture and photography, and an Art Therapy Certificate form Sonoma State University. In 2014 I did an intensive half year mentoring program with a professional working artist. Along with making my personal art, I have run my own graphic design firm, held the position of Associate Dean of Students at California College of the Arts, taught art classes at the junior college level and privately, facilitated cancer support groups using art for healing and led other Art Therapy workshops.
I have shown my art in various galleries and museum throughout the Bay Area. Two of my most rewarding experiences include receiving the SECA Award from the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco as a most promising artist under 35. The other was collaborating with Lawrence Hall of Science. We co-created an exhibition of the Science and Art of weather. I displayed my hand colored photographic clouds along with scientific explanations of how clouds are formed and the weather they create.
I have always been drawn towards art and its kind of expression, even as a small child. I fell in love with my first camera when I was seven, and to briefly explain my path after this introduction, I went on to study commercial photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, then decided that I didn’t want to photograph liquor bottles for rest of my life, and moved into the “fine arts” realm of photography. While being inspired by taking a workshop with master photographer, Paul Caponigro, and at the same time supporting myself by creating a freelance photography business specializing in photographing art for galleries and museums in L.A., I then decided to expand my experience by moving to New York City. I began by working for Sotheby’s Art division, helping them photograph their art catalogs, while taking drawing and painting classes at the Art Students League, Parsons School of Design and the New York Academy of Art. When I moved to Santa Fe in 1994, I acted on a long-standing urge to learn more about videography, and started my own video production company, specializing in documentary projects. I have continued my still photography by doing a series of Nature studies in the Santa Fe area, including focusing my attention on the magnificent dramatic skies of the Southwest. www.granttaylorart.com