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Liberty, Chief, Medicine Woman, Winter Gear, 2016, oil on canvas, 66 x 44 inches

 

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Liberty, Chief, Medicine Woman, 2016, oil on canvas, 66 x 44 inches

 

To Believe in Myself Again, 2013, oil on canvas, 58 x 45 inches

 

Stardust, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 65 inches, courtesy of Kimberly Childress Ward

 

Page 26, 2012, oil on canvas, 62 x 48 inches

 

Sunday Morning, 2011, oil on canvas, 23 x 23 inches

 

Chill, 2011, oil on canvas, 28 x 23 inches

 

Stay Alive, project for “Waking Up with Van Gogh,” Hickory Museum of Art, curated by Moni Hill, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 72, courtesy of Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson

 

Ronin and the Geisha, the, 2010 gold origami and oil on canvas, 73 x 48 inches, courtesy of Betty Clark

http://www.bettyclarkpainter.com/

 

Taiyo la Paix, Road, the, 2010, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 inches.jpg

Road, the, 2010, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 inches

 

Venus, 2010, oil on canvas, 21 x 22 inches.jpg

Venus, 2010, oil on canvas, 21 x 22 inches, courtesy of Heather Lewis

 

Friday, 2010, oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches.jpg

Friday, 2010, oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches

 

Testament, 2010, oil on canvas, 52 x 26 inches.JPG

Testament, 2010, oil on canvas, 52 x 26 inches

 

Mother Sky, 2009, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

Mother Sky, 2009, oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches

 

Japonaise, la, 2009, gold origami and oil on canvas, 34 x 24 inches

Japonaise, la, 2009, gold origami and oil on canvas, 34 x 24 inches,

courtesy of Janis Ian and Patricia Snyder

http://www.janisian.com/

 

She Smells Like a Coconut, 2009, oil on canvas, 24.75 x 21.25

She Smells Like a Coconut, 2009, oil on canvas, 24.75 x 21.25 inches,

courtesy of Greg Jacob

 

Taiyo la Paix, Ecstasy, 2009, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches.JPG

Ecstasy, 2009, oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches

 

Taiyo la Paix, All Cats and Dogs Go to Heaven, 2009, oil on canvas, 22.5 x 20.5.JPG

All Cats and Dogs Go to Heaven, 2009, oil on canvas, 22.5 x 20.5 inches,

courtesy of Carl Granados

 

Taiyo la Paix, Twinkle, 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches.JPG

Twinkle, 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 24 inches, courtesy of Greg Jacob

Taiyo la Paix, Town Howls at Dusk, the, 2008, oil on canvas, 56 x 79 inches

Town Howls at Dusk, the, 2008, oil on canvas, 56 x 79 inches

 

Taiyo la Paix, Elizabeth (Ma between Brain Surgeries), 2007, oil on canvas, 54 x 65 inches

Elizabeth (Ma between Brain Surgeries), 2007, oil on canvas, 54 x 65 inches


Last Days of Summer, the, 2007, oil on canvas, 34 x 48 inches

 

Shôsan (Bloom, Fade), 2006, oil on canvas, 84 x 46.5 inches.jpg

Shôsan (Bloom, Fade), 2006, oil on canvas, 84 x 46.5 inches

 

Earthlings, 2006, oil on canvas, 46.75 x 30.jpg

Earthlings, 2006, oil on canvas, 46.75 x 30 inches

 

Taiyo la Paix, Pearl of the Deep Seas, 2006, oil on canvas, 87 x 45 inches

Pearl of the Deep Seas, 2006, oil on canvas, 87 x 45 inches

 

Blender, 2004, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

Blender, 2004, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches

 

Hôtel la Vie, 2004, oil on canvas, 83 x 60 inches.jpg

Hôtel la Vie, 2004, oil on canvas, 83 x 60 inches

 

Me and the White Canvas, 2003, oil on canvas, 95 x 50 inches.jpg

Me and the White Canvas, 2003, oil on canvas, 95 x 50 inches,

courtesy of Jolene Mechanic

 

Kiss, 2002, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 40.5 inches.jpg

Kiss, 2002, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 40.5 inches

 

Teardrops, 2002, oil on canvas, 55 x 35.5 inches.jpg

Teardrops, 2002, oil on canvas, 55 x 35.5  inches, private collection

 

She Drives Me Home, 2002, oil on canvas, 33 x 78 inches, private collection.jpg

She Drives Me Home, 2002, oil on canvas, 33 x 78 inches, courtesy of Rob Pulleyn

 

Love, 2002, oil on canvas, 35 x 90 inches.jpg

Love, 2002, oil on canvas, 35 x 90 inches, courtesy of Carl Granados

 

Scars, 2002, oil on canvas, 35 x 29 inches, courtesy of Gary Devore.jpg

Scars, 2002, oil on canvas, 35 x 29 inches, courtesy of Gary Devore

 

Papillia, 2002, oil on canvas, 24.75 x 57 inches, NFS.jpg

Papillia, 2002, oil on canvas, 24.75 x 57 inches, NFS

 

Phoenix (Rises from Its Own Ashes), the, 2002, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 32.5 inches, courtesy of Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson.jpg

Phoenix (Rises from Its Own Ashes), the, 2002, oil on canvas, 68.5 x 32.5 inches, courtesy of Ray Griffin and Thom Robinson

28 Responses to paintings

  1. Goldie says:

    I’ve been watching your work for awhile since I stumbled across it doing a Google search about a year or so ago. I don’t know what it is about your paintings that just captures me, since this sort of art isn’t usually my cup of tea…something about the imagery, something I see about Papillia that I find in myself, or perhaps its the vivid colors and joyous world you create…I don’t really know, but it touches me. Deeply so. I find happiness here, almost like something I’ve forgotten about the world deep inside.

    At any rate I simply must say thank you for what you do, and please keep doing it. I always look forward to your new paintings. Your work is truly wonderful <3

    • taiyolapaix says:

      Thank you, Goldie, for such kind words of encouragement. It means a lot to me that someone like you would in some way connect with the world inside me. I checked out your website–I really appreciate your love for our furry friends, and the tender, attentive, and splendid way you render them. I think you’d really get on with Papillia. I’m on facebook if you’d like to stay in touch…Thank you again, Goldie. Hope your skies are beautiful. Taiyo

  2. KaNawogirusa says:

    The “All Cats and Dogs Go to Heaven” is great, it really moved me. Congratulations for your work, and thanks for sharing it!

    • taiyolapaix says:

      Thank you for your kind comment. I’m glad what i feel and express connected with your heart. Bu was such a sweet cat…I hope you are having a beautiful day.

  3. I just spent a good 47 minutes looking at your work. I am mesmerized.

    So happy to have discovered you at the Artery show last night.

    • taiyolapaix says:

      Dear Robin, Thank you for spending so much time in my world, and for your enthusiasm. It means a great deal to me to be sometimes reminded that what we do can touch the hearts of other people…I guess you’re local to Asheville? There’s a spectacular show up till end of month at the Satellite Gallery (across street from mellow mushroom, down few doors), and i have a couple of pieces in it. Also, I’ll be showing 10 new drawings at Blue Spiral (across street from double decker bus), opening July 1. Love to see you there…I hope your skies are beautiful, Robin. t

  4. Donna Brown says:

    Your work is very different from my own creative leanings, yet I find it strangely captivating…even more so after reading elsewhere about ‘where’ your imagery comes from. Beautiful, intriguing, many lovely emotional messages tucked away in these images. Thanks for sharing your heart with the world through your images.

  5. Flying Burrito says:

    Nicely done…does the blond girl exist in real life or is she a kind of doppelganger muse?

    • taiyolapaix says:

      Thank you, Flying Burrito! That’s an intriguing question, but i’m going to dodge it, because i think some things are better unanswered! Hope you’re having a great day.

  6. carma says:

    I saw your work in Bold Life and had to come by and take a peek at your website after reading the background story about your childhood/early adult challenges. Your work is playful but with serious undertones. Incredibly inspiring. I wish you continued success!!

  7. Jill says:

    I just stumbled across your work, and it’s like I never want to leave:)

    • taiyolapaix says:

      dear jill, i’m so sorry i didn’t get back to you sooner–it’s been a zoo around here! thank you so much for spending your time in my little world, and for your sweet, encouraging comments. it sure is indescribably wonderfl to know that there’s someone out there, like you, who sees and feels the things i do, and who connects with my work. thank you so much, jill. i hope you are having a lovely time, and i hope the winter skies are beautiful for you. t

  8. Alyssa says:

    I don’t know what to say other than I really love your art. I love how you portray your love so openly. You paint the woman of your heart so wonderfully, not leaving out what some would consider flaws (which I find even more endearing and beautiful) but you do so in a way that makes you look at them and go “Wow, those things society tells us are bad just make her so much more beautiful.” I see her as a loving, laughing, joyous person who is unafraid to be herself. I admire her because of the way you paint her. You have an amazing knack for capturing just who a person is when you paint them. Bravo! You have more talent in your little finger than I do in my whole being.

    • taiyolapaix says:

      thank you for such a lengthy, thoughtful, and sweet comment. and thank you for understanding me and my muse so deeply. all my life i’ve been fascinated by how, when someone is kind and loving, it somehow makes them irresistibly beautiful and sexy, even if they have less than hollywood looks. if i can portray that, even for a moment, my job is done. but the beauty of art, when it’s possible, is when it finds a connection in other people’s hearts. it takes a kind, beautiful soul to recognize and appreciate another, and that’s when the magic happens, i think. i’m just an illustrator trying to account these beautiful moments…anyway, something tells me you must be a very special person. thank you so much for your great encouragement. i hope the spring breezes kiss you lovingly. taiyo

  9. Kate says:

    Your work is amazing! My 3 favorite things are her earrings (ahh!) , all of the 90s television show references, and the goldfish motif. Very cool. Your style is very unique and I love that you pull references from other artists and modern culture. I will definitely be following your work!

  10. Walt says:

    Amazing stuff. I keep coming back to ‘Teardrops’.

    ‘Friday’ gives me a huge Steve Purcell vibe for some reason. Great job.

    • taiyolapaix says:

      thank you for your kind encouragement! if you are local to asheville, friday will be on display at ahseville art museum, opening reception fri may 17, 5-7pm, and i’ll b there. hope you’re doing great. taiyo

  11. Genevieve says:

    Taiyo,

    I came across your painting “Friday” in Asheville this summer, and I was drawn to it immediately. I took the time to look up your work and I just wanted to let you know that I am captivated. Your work depicts a perspective I think people usually lose sight of as the world jades them. While your style is bubbly and bright, it is also arrestingly truthful. I can’t wait to see what you make in the future!

    -genevieve

    • taiyolapaix says:

      dear genevieve, thank you so much for such kind, carefully chosen words. my friend connie bostic once said to me, “tai, i think your audience will always be limited, but it will be a group of very special people.” as i struggle to find a market for what i do, it touches the depth of my heart to hear your words. if you’re in asheville, please feel free to look me up. thank you, genevieve. i hope your days are full of joy and beauty. t

  12. Allison says:

    Ay man.. your shit is the shit. : )
    i think it’s dope how you use this girl as your muse for all your art..
    that’s amazing.. she’s beautiful, (im assuming she’s your girlfriend)
    & thats so cute that you admire her beauty so much that it inspires you.
    That’s wassup.
    Your work is beautiful compositionally as well, keep up the great work! I’m loving it dude

    • taiyolapaix says:

      dear allison, thank you for such a passionate response to my work and to papillia. i really appreciate that you get it, and are so generous with your encouragements. i hope you are having a beautiful day, and that wonderful things will happen to you. hugs, t

  13. Alanna says:

    Your work brings me a moment of joy. The bold strokes of colour and the emotions that you have captured inspire me. It has been a long time since I have worked on my own artwork and I think after spending an hour or so on your site that I might have to revisit some of my ideas … keep things simple, don’t over think and just be myself … wow did I get all that from looking at your art, Thank you 🙂
    Alanna

    • taiyolapaix says:

      dear Alanna, thank you for such kind words. I’ve sorta been in a dormant stage myself, and your words encourage me. it’s times like this that i forget all about money worries and career crap, and remember that it’s all about connecting with people’s hearts. yes, i absolutely agree we should keep things simple, not over think, and just be ourselves. what is genuine to us will likely be genuine to others. and art is a very forgiving thing–it’s supposed to be fun, and everything we make is wonderful, and it’s never a competition. I hope your days are full of beauty. hugs, t

  14. Lynn says:

    I remember the first time I saw one of your paintings. I was 16, and researching material for a humanities class. Something about how colorful and emotional they were made them stick out to me, a painful shot of color in my numb and dull existence.

    The growing pains from girl to woman are hard to bear. There was a monster that waited to prey on me, waiting for me when I was alone, when I turned out the lights. Slithering into the protective cocoon of my blankets, it whispered poison in my ears, poison that seeped inside until it rotted away my self esteem. I punished myself, because the monster said I wasn’t pretty enough, I wouldn’t eat. Because it said that shirt made me look fat, I threw it out. Because it told me only skinny girls are liked, I was shy.

    Papilla was the catalyst for my journey to self-acceptance, and later, love. Your portrayal of her as a goddess, a beauty, a symbol of feminine charm and whimsy, all while defying conventional beauty standards… it inspired me, it was the light that chased the monster far enough away that I could arm myself against it.

    I am far from done with loving and living, and have finally embraced who I am, instead of what anyone else wants me to be. I have you to thank for so much… from my lovers and friends, to waking up in the morning and feeling like I deserve to be alive.

    Thank you for so much. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t found your work.

    Blessed be,
    Lynn ?

    • taiyolapaix says:

      Dear Lynn,

      That is the most wonderful comment I have ever received. It brings tears to my eyes to think that what I’ve done could mean so much to somebody. I’ve actually been going through some very tough times, and i’ve often been thinking of quitting art. you have given me strength to go on. thank you so dearly, Lynn. love, taiyo

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