Text by Katie Wood
For more than 20 years, Trés Taylor worked as a biochemist hardly thinking about a career in art, but after a visit with Southern artist R. A. Miller in 1998 he felt inspired. He quit his job and began his journey as a painter. “I was a deer in headlights,” Trés recalls. “But it saved my life. I’m standing here (in this studio) because I decided to pick up a paintbrush one day. I took a risk.”
Taking risks, he says, is what his journey has been teaching him, over and over again. “I feel that our whole purpose on this planet is to just keep taking risks and pushing ourselves, because you’ll discover things about yourself,” he says.
Trés’s work focuses on spirituality, love, peace, and joy—and his journey to find those elements can be seen in his works, especially if you’ve heard his story. When Trés had been painting for about a year and a half, he went to Japan where he was given three months to put a show together. Lacking inspiration and filled with self-doubt, Trés felt completely lost. “I went into my studio every day and just racked my head for some kind of idea. I didn’t know what to paint, and I’d think to myself, ‘This is a terrible mistake, I never should have quit my job,’” he says. Desperate for inspiration, he took a walk in the woods through the apple orchards and cherry blossoms that he says changed his life.
On a trail behind his studio at the top of a hill, he found a little hut where he prayed for inspiration, but left still feeling overwhelming pressure with the show now a month and a half away. He headed back to the studio. “Then I caught myself,” he says. “I was supposed to take a walk to calm down and let it go. That’s when I started noticing the forest around me had this incredible, beautiful light coming down through the treetops. I’m just so caught and enraptured by this beautiful scenery.”