Tao Graham grew up in New Mexico and Northern California. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He received his BFA from California State University. He creates with traditional arts and new media digital tools.

I am like an artist-archeologist-anthropologist-geologist, of sortsdrawn to stratified terrain, ancient talismans, early human studies and mythology, stories that accrue meaning in layers of time. Venerable perspectives from herstory, history and the natural world imbue my imagination with wonder and inspiration. I discover mountains in grainy applications of pigment. Figure may form organically, intuitively, as water shapes underground caverns and unexpected passageways.

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‍‍‍‍‍‍Whether it’s digital painting, design, animation, ceramic, water colour or figurative exploration—my creative foundation begins and ends with love for immediately tangible and ‍‍‍expressive mark ‍‍‍making with traditional media. It is what first compelled me to delve into line, color and shape as a kid with Caran D’ache markers and my beloved Berol Turquoise pencils.

Questions I ask myself during the creative process? Am I expressing core authenticity? Is it simple enough? If it needs to, does my work help inform an issue, speak to social justice or solve a problem? Is it a compelling vision of place, the past—present—or potential future? Do I experience an intrinsic understanding or glow from the work? Have I curated a sense of wonder?

The heart of a‍ particular experience‍ ‍‍is sought. I attempt to lift the veil, knowing ‍‍interpretations of 'beauty' are often as important as their requisite antitheses‍. Light and shadow are amalgamate in revealing‍‍‍ dimensionality, variations of metaphor, form and feeling.‍‍‍

Ar‍‍‍tists in the 21st century have unparalleled, far-reaching, opportunities to engage in salient, visual conversations. We can contribute to, re-define, suggest, even remember what it means to be human. Perennial signposts of soulful humanity—with respect between all people across our geographical and cultural boundaries—are found in the Arts.

I am an artist-archeologist-anthropologist-geologist, of sortsdrawn to stratified terrain, ancient talismans, early human studies and mythology, stories that accrue meaning in layers of time. Venerable perspectives from herstory, theirstory, history and the natural world imbue my imagination with wonder and inspiration. I discover mountains in grainy applications of pigment. Figure may form organically, intuitively, as water shapes underground caverns and unexpected passageways.

 

‍‍‍Whether it’s digital painting, design, animation, ceramics, or figurative exploration—my creative foundation begins and ends with love for immediately tangible ‍‍‍and ‍‍‍expressive mark making with traditional media. It's what compelled me to explore line, color and shape as a kid with Caran D’ache markers and my beloved Berol Turquoise pencils.

The heart of a particular experience is sought.‍ I attempt to lift a‍ veil, knowing interpretations of 'beauty' are often as important as their requisite antitheses. Light and Shadow are amalgamate in ‍‍revealing dimensionality, variations of metaphor, form and feeling. ‍‍‍‍‍‍

Questions I ask myself during the creative process? Am I expressing authenticity? Is it simple enough? If it needs to, does the work inform an issue, speak to social justice or help solve a problem? Is it a compelling vision of place, the past—present—or potential future? Do I experience an intrinsic glow from the work? Have I curated a sense of wonder?

Artists in the 21st century have unparalleled, far-reaching, opportunities to engage in salient, visual conversations. We can contribute to, re-define, suggest, even remember what it means to be human. Perennial signposts of soulful humanity—with respect between all people across our geographical and cultural boundaries—are found in the Arts.

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