“A Walk Along Main Street”

by Taylor Harrington

© 2021 Taylor Harrington

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Describe your painting:

This painting is my own artistic representation of the downtown everchanging buildings along Main Street.

What inspired you?

I have always enjoyed drawing buildings, houses, and architecture. The businesses and buildings along Main Street have changed so much just within the past 3 years. I’ve watched them change but the historic exteriors have stayed the same. I wanted to pay homage to the business creating a fun downtown atmosphere for the town of Garner.

What is your background as an artist?

My Grandmother was an artist, a nationally acclaimed artist. She taught all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to paint before we could even write our names. I had my first easel at two years old and submitted into an art show with my sister and grandmother at the age of six. My piece was a simple self portrait where my face consisted of two blue dots and a big red smile, but nonetheless, art has always been a big part of my life. My school notes were filled with doodles and drawings and my mom’s attic has boxes upon boxes of my art projects. I began doing chalk murals for weddings and events and soon, most weekends were filled with chalk. I began a side business and it took off more than I ever could have expected. I recently took the jump to pursue art full time. That big step was nerve wracking but I’ve finally become the true artist that I always wanted to be when I grew up.

Do you have a connection to Garner or did you learn anything new about Garner as a result of your painting?

I’ll always think of Garner as my second home. I’ve never lived here but I basically did while working for Brice’s Brewing Company. We were Garner’s first and only brewery at the time. We were forced to shut down in January of 2020. Just another thing I added to the year of trials and tribulations. Regardless of Brice’s being gone, every time I pass by the 401/70 split, I feel like I’m coming home.