Portraits: In and Out of Court
Note: Slideshow of Carol’s courtroom drawings coming soon!
Carol Taylor grew from toddler to teenager on a country road on the outskirts of the small village of Apohaqui, New Brunswick. Even then art was a major part of her life, drawing her own fashions for cut-out dolls, drawing them for friends.
Carol attended Saint John Vocational School where, by the good graces of her high school home room reacher Miss Crowe, it was recognized that she was an artist and insisted to the school principal of Sussex High that Carol be educated/trained to become one. Her teachers were her salvation, especially Kay Smith, poet and English teacher.
She has reciprocated that early mentoring by helping young art students find their way through the maze of decisions necessary for success within the world of art. Often that meant prospective art students perhaps sampling a year at the Fredericton Craft College in order to decide.
Carol’s work is in many private law office collections as well as the Canada Art Bank, the New Brunswick Provincial Art Bank, the New Brunswick Museum, the University of New Brunswick, McCain Collection, City of Saint John Collection, and the Saint John Regional Library. The UNB Law Library also contains the complete collection of the DNA/Légère-Burton Trial drawings.
Upon reflection, Carol believes she’s taken the right path in her artistic life, having been rewarded with work being accepted by her peers, as well as by established curators throughout the province. It has been an interesting and fulfilling journey so far, and she is not finished exploring the possibilities of art making.
Carol lives in Rothesay with her husband, book & music collector and veteran music columnist, Gerry Taylor.