Pearlie Taylor was Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, her earliest memories of involvement with art includes selling drawings on notebook paper for five cents to classmates in the third grade.
As a young adult while raising five children and working in the catalog advertising department at Sears, she took classes at The American Academy of art in Chicago and spent many years “dabbling” in watercolor, oils, charcoal, and pastels. She didn’t pick-up acrylics until early 2000.
Pearlie was widowed in 2002 after nearly twenty-five years of marriage. That life changing experience made her take stock of her mortality. She didn’t want to leave this earth without realizing who she was as an artist. Two years later she decided to simplify her life to pursue her artistic ambitions. She sold a successful UPS Store franchise, a large home and moved into a smaller condo. Before this big change, all of her work consisted of still life paintings, landscapes, and portraits. She don’t remember making a conscious decision to “go abstract”, she thinks the freedom of mind and body caused a shift in her artistic thinking and her process gradually moved from figurative to abstract.
Pearlie’s artwork is instinctual, more about feeling than intellectualizing. She believes the use of color can affect a conscious and positive change in individuals, creating a “subliminal communication". She confronts her canvas without a preconceived idea and over time has learned to trust in the process itself and be guided by instinct.
Pearlie’s work is in collections around the country.