Born: October 13, 1954, Miami, FL
Enters a drawing contest in the Miami Daily News when he is five and wins $5.00. He decides to be an artist. Follows the comics avidly.
Enters advanced art classes in high school and, being a rebellious youth, protests against Instructor’s conventional methods. Class is dissolved.
First job out of high school is graphic design and copywriting for a T-shirt company. Writes and draws illustrations for underground newspapers. Becomes enamored with the punk rock scene. Travels to New York to get into it, then moves there in 1975 for a five year period.
New York period: Lives in Hell’s Kitchen and freelances as a graphic artist. Gets a reputation for his punk rock album covers. Joins Punk Magazine, doing graphics, comic strips, illustrations and hand lettering. Is influenced by Warhol, Dali, John Lennon, and Alice Cooper (meets them all), as well as by Duchamp and Picasso (doesn’t meet them).
Comes to New Orleans in 1980 to pursue a relationship; city chosen purely by chance. Works in commercial art for local and national companies as a freelancer. Designs graphics for the record industry, the entertainment industry, and the food industry. Takes college courses in Radio & TV Production.
Begins to exhibit paintings in the mid 1980s and is encouraged by sales and commissions. Pursues painting while working as a commercial graphic artist. Daughter Sarah born 1989. In 1999 decides to devote full time to a new collection of paintings. Exhibits in a commercial establishment and is discovered there by Gallery Director, Angela King. Exhibits new work in Angela King Gallery, New Orleans.
It is a dream come true for him.
Steve Taylor talks about what inspired him to paint the following work: