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Biography

Rita N Taylor is a very artistic person. She has many

talents and hobbies which include sewing, crocheting,

knitting, playing the drums, photography, and creating

art.  Those are all skills that she has but art, drum

playing and photography are her true passions. It is her

passion for playing the drums that keeps her playing,

her passion, love, and excitement for creating art

whether it’s drawing, sketching, painting, taking

pictures or just doodling that has held her captive for

life. Rita has been creating art and taking pictures

since childhood. Rita got her first camera for 6th grade

graduation and has been taking pictures ever since. Her

passion for art started off as a God given talent that

was looked at, at no more than a very enjoyable hobby.

Art has always been a great way for her to past time. At

an early age she developed her talent by reading books

on art, watching others, and simply doing it, as with

anything the more you practice the better you get.  Rita

is a self taught artist as she was not exposed to art

classes until many years after attaining a BA Degree in

Business Administration.  In 2004 she went back to

school, this time to focus on just art classes which

included a beginner photography class where she was

introduced to a new way of taking pictures, processing

film, and developing black and white photos.  She was

hooked on photography and decided to combine the two,

art and photography for her business. She has always

wanted to use her passion as a way of life and  starting

her own business Art-Tography was a big accomplishment.

Rita is a long-time Oakland resident.  She has seen many

changes take place in Oakland over the years, some good

and some bad. The bowling alleys, movie theatres, and

arcades have been closed and all that were left were the

mean streets of Oakland for the youth to hang out on.  

Rita hopes to help bring about a change for the better.  

It is her desire that her paintings and photos will not

only hang in homes and businesses both near and far but

that through her art she will become financially able to

help the youth of Oakland by providing programs that

will help motivate and educate them, and provide them a

place to hang out that will replace the streets.

 
Recent Exhibitions:

    Indie Awards Event - May 15, 2009

    The Crucible Oakland, CA

    Oktoberfest - Oct 4, 2008

    Fruitvale Oakland

    Out and About in Rockridge - Sept. 28, 2008

    College Ave Oakland

    2nd Annual Urban Luau - Sept 18, 2008

    Everett & Jones Jack Longon Square Oakland

    Front Cover Design by: Rita N Taylor

    Third Annual New Business Expo Ignite-June 6, 2008

    Frank Ogawa Plaza Oakland

Artist:
Rita N Taylor, I am a self taught visual artist. Art in some form has been a part of my life since I can remember, while my passion for taking photographs came a little later but still at an early age.  I get joy, pleasure, peace, excitement, and awe from seeing mother nature and the ideas I get from everyday life.  It is my desire that those seeing my artwork will get some joy, comfort, and pleasure as I do. I express those inspirations and thought provoking work on canvas and with the use of a camera.  I get my inspiration from everyday life, traveling, family, friends, and the Heavenly Father. I use oil paint, acrylics, and textiles to create many different themes using from bright and vibrant colors for an upbeat type of feeling to soothing themes and colors.  My themes include Spiritual, black art, safari animals, and abstract concepts to name a few.  My techniques include taking photographs and drawing from the photos, often combining 2 or more photos to get a compostion, or just seeing somethng that triggers a composition, as well as sewing to include different items that become part of the painting.  Art comes in many different forms, I also create jewerly such as necklaces and matching earrings, anklets, and bracelets.

Location:

I reside in Oakland.  I currently paint out of my home  but look forward to having a creative arts and crafts, and photography studio.

Oil on Canvas
2008
24X18
Oil on Canvas
2008
24x36
Oil and Textile on Canvas
05/2009
36X18
Oil on Canvas
2009
11x14
Acrylic Paint on Wall
Feb 2009
72X36

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