by RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
It all starts with a story. An epic snowboarding season on Mt. Bachelor turns into Snow Monkeys, a tale of a girl and her dog turns into The Collectors and a favorite Christmas movie and memories of being bundled up and unable to move turns into Randy. Each illustration Taylor Rose begins already has a detailed story behind it, and the results are whimsical forays into the playfulness of nature and an invitation to the viewer to create their own story.
Illustrator Taylor Rose moved to Bend late last year with her boyfriend, Tim Jones, after both graduated from art school. Jones is an artist and illustrator as well, but works with a slightly different subject matter, “He likes the horror genre. It’s funny to see our studio, there are foxes and puppies and then a zombie or monster,” Rose said with a laugh.
“We didn’t know anyone in Oregon or Bend, and that’s how we wanted it,” she said. “We wanted something new; we came down McKenzie Pass and that alone blew me away. I’m a pretty avid snowboarder, and seeing the Cascades was exciting to me. There is something really special about Bend. The people and every scene is inspiring.”
Rose taps into the child-like wonder of her upbringing in a small New Hampshire town when she places pen to paper; exploring the forest, mountains and beaches instilled a creative spirit that pays homage to nature, adventures and animals, and her family was pivotal in nurturing that passion from the very beginning when she used to sell them her early art for a nickel or dime.
“I have been drawing since I was about two with crayons and pencils, and it continued through middle school and high school when I decided to pursue art in college,” she explained. “It was in college that I really found my style and thought, ‘This is it, this is what I want to do and have to do.’”
Her mediums of pen, ink and watercolor took on a deeper meaning once she took a class on children’s books. Discovering the art of storytelling, she knew in each piece she created she wanted there to be a story. In fact, it needed to lead the creation. Many of her illustrations start with short stories she has written herself or inspirations from childhood cartoons. “Each illustration begins with my imagination, which thrives in being surrounded by nature, wildlife, cartoons and comics,” she explained.
In addition to watching a lot of cartoons, she looks to other creatives like digital artist Brett Bean and early 20th century watercolorist Edmund Dulac for insight. “Dulac is one of the first people to tell children’s stories through art, it’s pretty inspirational. Bean does a lot of concept work on animation and cartoons and I love everything that Laika does (an animation studio that produced recent movies like ParaNorman).
Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village
30 local artists! Visitors and art collectors alike enjoy holiday shopping at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver located in the heart of the newly renovated Village at Sunriver. Mini originals paintings, ornaments, jewelry and original art items make fantastic stocking stuffers. Gifts of all price ranges can be found with Central Oregon’s fastest growing, most diverse art gallery.
Extended holiday hours, The Village at Sunriver, Bldg. 19, 541-593-2127, www.artistsgallery.com.
Arts Central The ART of Giving
Put a little creativity in your holiday shopping with Art Station gift certificates! They’re the perfect fit for everyone and can be used for Art Station classes or camps throughout the year. Get yours today at the Art Station in Bend or at www.artscentraloregon.org and check holiday shopping off your list.
We have everything you need to make that one-of-a kind gift of jewelry. Whoever receives this will treasure it because you took the time to learn how to make it yourself. Check out our huge selection of beads including beautiful stones, pearls, crystals and sparkling gemstones. There will be finish findings in sterling silver or gold fill and much in brass, pewter and copper.
910 Harriman, Ste. 110, Bend, 541-617-8854.
Handcrafted distilled spirits from America’s most award-winning craft distillery. The Bendistillery Tasting Room offers free tours and tastings daily. Sample the entire Crater Lake family of spirits, as well as get a glimpse behind the scenes with an ever-changing selection of custom cocktails, new projects and works in progress.
Located just west of Bend on Highway 20. Open Monday through Saturday 11am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4pm. 541-848-0032.
Bend Factory Stores
Discover a whole new level of outlet shopping this season at Bend Factory Stores. Your favorite fashion destination offers exclusive brands to elevate your holiday shopping experience. With brand names like the Coach Factory Store, Coach Men’s Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Carter’s and Pendleton Outlet, you’ll be able to find a gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list. You’ll save up to 65 percent this holiday season on must-have names in fashion, accessories and sportswear for all.
61334 South Highway 97, Bend, www.bendfactorystores.com.