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Taylor Adams poses in her studio, surrounded by art. Photo by Will Crooks.

Taylor Adams draws her inspiration from nature — the sky, the mountains, the horizon. Her art — displayed on various sizes of wood panels — combines acrylic paint, charcoal, and graphite to form both brooding and serene scenes.

The paintings often resemble marbled stone, with neutral colors billowing throughout them like clouds on the horizon. Each one is wrapped in thread, bringing an added layer of hard lines to the soft pieces.

“I always start with a very neutral textured base, and my colors are very earth-toned because they’re landscape-inspired,” Adams said. “I kind of try to pull out the darkest points — the thread is always dependent on the painting beneath it.”

Taylor Adams’ artwork blends acrylic paint, charcoal, graphite, and thread. Photo by Will Crooks.

Adams’ decision to add thread to her work comes from her mother’s influence. When Adams was young, her seamstress mom often made her own clothes.

“Her mom — my grandma — sewed, and she grew up with her mom making her own clothes, and then she learned to make her own clothes,” Adams said. “As I was growing up, she would always make my dresses for dances and costumes.”

Although Adams learned only basic sewing techniques, she’s always had spools of thread at her disposal. It wasn’t until she took a 3D painting course at the University of Florida, where she got her bachelor’s in fine arts, that she experimented with thread in her work.

“We had a project to make a painting without using any paint, so since my mom is a seamstress, I had all this thread to use as a resource. So, I did a line painting constructed entirely of thread,” Adams said. “That’s where it started, and then I just kept pushing it from there.”

Taylor Adams wraps a layer of thread around most of her paintings. Photo by Will Crooks.

Adams grew up in Greenville until her family moved to Florida when she was in fifth grade. In 2017, she moved back, but in between, she’s traveled to South Asia and temporarily lived in Charleston. She keeps photos around her studio of various places that inspire her artwork.

“I try to spend a lot of time outside,” Adams said. “There comes certain points where I need to take a day off and be outside.”

Adams is one of two emerging artists this year at Artisphere. Her work can be found at the festival at Booth 106 from May 10-12.

“It’s awesome to see the artist community here — it’s so exciting,” Adams said. “I’ve never been around where artists are so welcoming and supportive of each other.”

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