Born in Bethlehem, PA in 1978, Taryn Myers cannot remember a time that she didn’t love drawing. From early on she had a penchant for presenting things a little out of the ordinary; her earliest memories include drawing a turkey around Thanksgiving in Nursery School that was not standing on the ground. When asked why, she answered firmly that it had jumped when she went to draw it; she got a poor grade because it was not drawn “like everyone else’s.” Taryn attended formal art courses at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA and had been awarded the Arts Ovation Award in 1996 for excellence in visual arts among high school students within the City of Allentown. Taryn then went on to graduate from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA in 2000 with a degree in Fine and Performing Arts.
While drawing was her first love, it wasn’t until after graduating college that Taryn found true comfort and passion with paints, but she continues to present in an unexpected manner. She enjoys making social commentary with her images. Traditionally, she has worked most with floral imagery, forcing the viewer to observe a traditionally comfortable image in a more uncomfortable perspective, challenging the viewer to question their traditional perspectives on society. Her current series, “Mothering Earth,” twists the common image of earth as our mother around. Instead of Earth mothering all her occupants, Earth is shown as something that needs, requires mothering. Earth is mothered by an outside force representative of all that humanity should be: loving, protective, supporting, watchful, embracing… mothering.