Carla Rae Taylor lives in Strathcona County with her husband and two children. She is of both Dene and Irish/French heritage. Having spent much of her youth and young adulthood close to nature, she learned to listen deeply and be in touch with intuition and creativity. Both the natural world and the dream world have inspired the creations within the borders of her paintings.
Translating dream imagery into drawings and acrylic paintings has long been a favoured creative approach. The dream world has always been ripe with images and messages from spirit that cause deep reflection, introspection, and guidance. Stories and legends from Dene culture and from around the world have also influenced and woven their way into her work.
After 10 years of living in BC, reveling in the wonders of its natural beauty and participating in the west coast art scene, she moved to Edmonton where she spent 5 years working for iHuman Youth Society as their Art Coordinator, guiding inner city youth through their self-discovery and healing through art. Live painting has also been a large part of Carla's artistic practice. More recently she has been creating large scale murals and illustrating children's books.
The colourful dreamscapes Carla creates are often made with a mixture of spray paint and acrylic paint on canvas. They contain stylized shapes and images fused with figures, animals, organic lines, and elements reflecting nature. Each painting is her personal interpretation of dreams, visions, spiritual experiences, and stories.