Kristen Taylor

Freelance Artist, Children's Book Illustrator, & More

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Location:Ancaster, Ontario, Canada
Website: http://www.kristenmichelleart.com
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/kristentaylor
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Hello, my name is Kristen Taylor and I am an Artist/ Illustrator from Ancaster, Ontario. I have recently graduated with my BFA from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario and have knowledge and experience in fine art and in illustration. I illustrated my first published children's book during my third year of University from 2012-2013. I have a deep passion for illustrating and love to experiment with styles, colours and content.

SKILLS
• Utilized a broad knowledge of the internet when researching for numerous projects and activities
• Shown self-discipline and high level motivation as indicated by the award received; Awards of Excellence (80% +)
• Efficiently organized confidential documents in alphabetical and chronological order
• Performed customer service in fast-paced environment
• Commissioned paintings, illustrations and handwritten books under set schedules

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts
OCAD University, Toronto
• Graduation June 2014
• Course emphasis on art history and contemporary art practice
• Developed technical and conceptual skills through completing courses such as: history of Modern Art, print making, wood shop, material arts, watercolour, black and white photography, abstract painting, fiber explorations, Jewelry/metal smithing, bookbinding, etc.

RELEVENT EXPERIENCE
• Hired to illustrate children’s book, Tatiana, in 2012, which is now printed and available for purchase
• Commissioned paintings, illustrations and handwritten books under set schedules
• Painted mural at Ancaster High School
• Created cover page in school’s 2008-2009 yearbook, celebrating its 50th anniversary
• Designed 2009-2010 yearbook cover
• Independently traveled to Nova Scotia to volunteer on artist’s farm for two weeks in 2011

EXTRA CURRICULAR
Co-chair of Environmental Group
• Planned and Organized meetings & events, along with presentations & assemblies
• Participated in two shore clean ups at the Bay Front in Hamilton
Student Council Representative
• Helped plan and participate in activities created for the school’s student body
• Helped organize 30 Hour Famine at school
• Performed in multiple assemblies
• Wrote & recited morning announcements

Volunteer Work
• Participated in the “24 Hours of Silence”
• Volunteered with Ancaster’s annual Triathlon for two years
• Independently organized the “Bundle Up” program at school for two years and distributed the clothing to those in need.
• Assisted at a charitable golfing event for the Mark Preece House; organized and distributed tickets.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

Financial Advisor Assistant, Customer Experience Representative (Chapters, Indigo, World's Biggest Bookstore), Childcare Provider