Creativity is A Gift

I have a creative nature. Always exploring and trying new things. 

My art is often sparked in the heart by a piece of music, a writing, a photo or a personal experience.  Much of my original art starts with a vision while meditating, standing in the shower, sitting in nature or dropping off to sleep.

It’s a Divine Gift to Be Creative!

Canadian Artist, Linda Diane Taylor describes her art as taking an idea or a vision to the canvas and molding colour and dimension to create a message, a question or an emotion. Her influences come from the old master oil painters, tribal designs and visions. Her style is eclectic, ever changing and developing.

In her portfolio you’ll find amazing abstracts, pet portraits, personal portraits, ideas from visions, tribal designs and copies of old masters.

She makes drums for other artists to paint and develops her own designs and personal designs for others.

If you visit you’ll see crafting and wastes turned into high quality art.

In the late nineties she painted indoor wall and ceiling murals paintings in the homes of the ‘Street of Dreams’ in Coquitlam, British Columbia. From 2010-2014 she volunteered for Lions International. She recruited artists and oversaw the art projects  of the Birch Bay Hostel.

  • Art Education: Fraser Valley Academy of Art 1985-1987 under the direction of Atelier Sandor Meszaros.
  • Self taught through experimentation, extensive research and travel throughout US, Canada, Europe and South America.
  • Art as Therapy: Study of Art Therapy through Vancouver Counseling and Hypnotherapy Institute 1989.
  • Drum Making taught by Native American Dene and Metis Elders.
Linda Diane Taylor
I wasn’t always an artist. Some thought I’d never be.
In my early years of school I was often scolded for being creative and not paying attention.  My mind took me to far away lands and imaginary places.  My grade 5 teacher told me I couldn’t be an artist. She gave us a poinsettia picture to trace and paint. It was a simple line drawing. I put flare into it, a lot of flare. The teacher was angry and declared I could never be an artist because I didn’t follow directions.
I learned to filter my creativity. I didn’t do any drawing or painting until I started working as a Registered Nurse at MSA hospital in 1977.
On quiet nights Nurses find things to do, like cleaning. I was going through a cluttered cupboard and found some paints. My creative mind kicked in and decided to decorate the windows for Christmas. Over the next couple of weeks I painted Christmas Scenes on the third floor windows. About 16 in all. These were the days when you didn’t need many levels of permission.. The patients and coworkers approved.
One morning the head nurse Sadie Harper called me to her office. Getting called into the Head Nurses office usually meant trouble. Sadie looked at me and boldly stated You are an Artist. I denied such a thing. Told her I could never be an artist- visions of my grade five teacher scolding me ran through my head. She persisted. You are an artist!
She invited me to the art school she attended. For the next three years, I attended Fraser Valley Academy of Arts. Atelier Sandor Mezaros had an very interesting set up and I often think about how I would love to do as he did. The school was open 7 days a week from 7 an tuik 11. You paid a monthly fee and came as often as you liked. I could work and take care of my family.
Sandor taught by apprenticeship. I spent most of my first months there preparing canvas, and making paint and mediums from scratch. and helping other artists. He had us study the old masters and produce copies. to study the old masters. I became quite good at copies of renaissance painters.
I worked on Murals for the Street and Dreams in Coquitlam B.C. and worked as a nurse and painted in my down time.
In the late nineties I learned to combine art with therapy. I became a certified counsellor and hypnotherapist. I incorporated art into workshops and the provincial day treatment program. I learned and taught drum making while exploring my native heritage. while working at the Quesnel Friendship Centre and Nenqayni Treatment Centre.
I like to experiment so one day I might paint in oils, another acrylics and then I do something more crafty. I might try using unconventional art materials and constructions products. Upcycling is a newer interest.
Much of my original Art I have given away. I’ve donated to
Lions , Rotary Animal Rights and Welfare groups, Women’s and Youth Organizations.
It is only recently that I have thought about making a living creating art. Art and crafts put me into a Happy Place.
Serious health issues really knocked me down between 2014-2019. I spend long periods of time in hospital. I didn’t have the strength to paint at my my easel for long.
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