Taylor Lasher is an emerging acrylic artist, who specializes in seascapes, landscapes and floral paintings. Her goal is to capture the vibrancy, strength and peace that she’s found in herself and reflect those emotions through her art.
In her young life of 25 years, she has had to overcome many obstacles that have heavily shaped not only who she is as a person but the art she creates. In 2015, Taylor battled a rare form of bone cancer and ultimately underwent major surgery to remove her entire right scapula as well as the surrounding muscle. Four years later she also underwent open-heart surgery. These experiences have greatly impacted the way she creates both physically and emotionally.
Through Taylor’s artwork, she hopes to invoke feelings of resiliency that is found both in human nature and in the world around us. She connects deeply with the strength, power and peace that can be found in the mighty waves of Lake Huron or the way a flower continues to bloom after each season.
Taylor released her first collection of seascapes in February 2020. As well as two collections of florals in May and September of 2020.
I’ve had to overcome many obstacles that have heavily shaped not only who I am as a person but also the art that I create.
I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in the summer of 2014 and it completely altered my life in all aspects. Instead of going to college like all my friends, I spent the better part of a year living in a hospital receiving chemotherapy treatments and ultimately going through major surgery to remove my entire right shoulder blade and the surrounding muscle.
This surgery saved my life but also left me with a brand-new challenge of learning to do life with mobility restrictions. There were many unknowns - one of them being, will I be able to paint again? It took many months for me to find the courage to simply try to draw something. Despite my arm being in a sling and swollen, I did it – and you know, it didn’t turn out too bad!
While I primarily paint with my right hand I’ve had to learn to use my left when I paint as well – something I never thought I would be able to do!
While cancer completely altered my life in so many ways, from the way I paint to my normal day to day life, my medical story doesn't end there. In 2019 I found myself on yet another operating table for open-heart surgery. In the months following my surgery, I allowed myself to grow, heal, and explore painting in a way that I never have before.
While the recovery has been filled with its ups and downs and is still ongoing my love for painting flourished during this time. Painting began as a form of therapy for me and gradually turned into a growing collection of seascapes paintings, which became my first collection launch in 2020.