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Often accompanied by the sounds of Green Day, Reel Big Fish and The Offspring, Taylor Hendershot works and reworks the elements of his craft: graphic design. Hendershot’s two loves come alive as he combines the computer and art.
Hendershot has developed his love of design and graphics at Westmont. Marshall Roemen, a Drawing 2 interim professor, created an inviting space for Hendershot to have the freedom to design whatever he wanted to in class. Hendershot said, “There were guidelines, but we could choose the medium and how we went about creating art. With Roeman, I started elevating my skills and really felt like an artist.”
Hendershot has been inspired by colors in nature, specifically on the Hawaiian island of Maui. He described a hike to the top of a volcano called Haleakala with a 360 degree view of the island. The ocean has been a source of inspiration as well. Hendershot described the ocean as “mysterious and dangerous” and feels drawn to it. Hendershot infuses the colors from these breathtaking views into his graphic design pieces, trying to “impact as much color as I can.”
Hendershot admires artists who “continue to hold onto their identity no matter what they are told.” He said, “artists are stubborn in that sense.” Artists who inspire him include Roy Lichtenstein, Ralph McQuarrie, Stan Lee and Bill Watterson. If Hendershot could meet with one artist from the past, it would be Marcel Duchamp. Hendershot offered a piece of advice for new artists: “Go for it; even if it seems crazy, it’ll pay off in the end.”
When asked about other influences in his art, Hendershot described his enjoyment of escapism in various medias, describing it as “going into a world I can create.” Hendershot said, “Art allows me to escape the world that is torn by sin.”
Having a love of superhero movies displaying the triumph of good over evil, Hendershot values triumphant themes, and he hopes to make a great impact through his art someday.
Observing God’s creation has given Hendershot a sense of humility and awe. Hendershot’s favorite verse is Proverbs 1:7. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Hendershot said he has a deep fear and understanding of the power of the Creator. In humble awe of God, Hendershot said, “I am powerless against him.” At Westmont, Hendershot has been able to develop his art with a focused heart. Hendershot said, “If you really do love art, you’ll do it for the rest of your life.”