Bill Moyers asked of Joseph Campbell, a scholar, writer and the preeminent authority on mythology, “Who interprets the divinity in nature for us today? Who are our shamans? Who interprets unseen things for us?” Campbell replied, “It is the function of the artist to do this. The artist is the one who communicates myth for today.”
Toni Taylor is an artist whose work travels through the visionary realms of fantasy and mysticism. She feels a special kinship with the mysteries of Ancient Egypt as well as the spirit of indigenous nations. Goddess imagery is represented powerfully in her collection and as a lover of all things celestial, elements of the cosmos often find their way into her paintings. Toni’s creative history includes fine art, illustration, portraiture, murals and scenic painting. She also enjoys creating mixed media wire sculptures that give homage to spirits of nature. She says of her work, ‘When people view my creations, I want them to feel like they’re taking a step beyond perceived reality while tapping into the ethereal and otherworldly. Imagination is the key to unlocking the door to what lies beyond’. Having had no formal training, Toni considers herself ‘life taught’ and her gift a blessing from the Divine Creator.
Her professional career began in 1985 with a cover for Heavy Metal Magazine, a division of National Lampoon, of which she was an avid collector. Since then she’s worked with various clients such as Disney, Universal Studios, Creative Kingdoms, Miller Brewing Company, Marvel Comics, Black Enterprise Magazine, MBI ~ Easton Press, Inner Traditions ~ Destiny Books, American Kennel Club, U.S. Games, PolyGram, GRP, RCA and Island Records. She has exhibited her work in galleries, conventions and festivals from Boston to Dallas and is published in prints and greeting cards. Toni especially enjoys catering to private collectors as well as teaching creative workshops.