About the Fierce, Fabulous & Feminine Portrait Series
Phyllis Anne Taylor – also known as ‘Pannet’ – created her Fierce, Fabulous & Feminine portrait series with the inspiration to reflect Black and Brown women in all their female glory, fully embracing themselves, their life experiences, and stories. She believes that the storms and challenges of life are what make women fierce and fabulous, and invites women to embody the power of their divine femininity, always being authentic, never jeopardizing their individuality. Her images reflect her commitment to living this out and inspiring other women to do the same.
The feeling of freedom and wholeness these images invoke are connected to the way they reflect women expressing themselves from their own lens and perspective – not how others (the world) sees them. This type of image making and storytelling is a motivating factor for Phyllis and was the fuel for the creation of the series. Through visual art Phyllis wishes to teach women how creating their own Divine Feminine images can help them heal internal wounds they may harbor around body image, emotional, physical or psychological pain that many women may have been suppressing.
Phyllis created these portraits inspired by the Intentional Creativity® method, which allows her to share her healing journey with others by showing women the coping methods used to help move her through and to the other side of pain. Phyllis shows women how to visually release hurts using image to change their own stories. This act of creation is empowering and changes the creator in remarkable ways.
Watch Grandma Go!
I Am Us
Women are all connected.
Each woman is a thread in the tapestry of life and each thread is unique and needed to complete the weave. Love all dimensions of oneself and delight in weaving the creative tapestry that is your life!
14 x 17, mixed media
Always authentic, never jeopardizing your individuality! Being true to who you are really.
10 x 12, mixed media
Blood connects all women.
An ancient legend tells of an invisible Red Thread that connects all those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place or circumstance. Twisting, turning tangling, stretching but never breaking until those destinies meet. Each person is responsible only for their piece of the thread.
Women are connected in many ways….the most common is being/or having been in bondage of some sort under a patriarchy. Enslavement, Attempted Annihilation and Internment. One woman sometimes has the dubious privilege of being able to rise above the other three…hence the double face. No matter our cultures we are all Connected as women.
Added insight into this series from the Artist…
I Rise Up 70
This image represents The Warrior Archetype of the Divine Feminine. She represents decisiveness and clarity of thought, selfless service, genuine humility, strength of experiential “knowing”, courage to do what is “right” even when it is a personal challenge to do so, maintaining and supporting established systems and forms without rigidity, loyal to a greater good beyond personal gain. She is selfless and maintains a warm, compassionate, appreciative and generous connection to all whom she serves. She fights “the good fight” in favor of benefitting the greater good and making life more fulfilling for everyone. The Warrior in her uses inner strength to push through and continue to fight for what she believes and wise enough to understand when to let go.
Transforming a life into a legend is a personal choice, not a default setting. One has to be Fearless (like a Warrior) in their choices. It doesn’t happen all at once. It is formed layer by layer and as it does courage and genius is revealed.
30 x 40, mixed media
Don’t Cry for Me
Women who have left untenable situations or teens who have aged out of foster care systems have one thing in common…the question, ‘What’s next?’ They must prepare to go from survival mode into thriving mode. To see possibilities for themselves in spite of their circumstances.
24 x 30, mixed media
I See Me
Visionary: My Soul Work
I See Me represents The Visionary, the Wise Woman Archetype. She mines her fathomless intuitive wisdom and miraculously produces solutions and applications that forward advancement and resolutions of opposites, challenges and disparate circumstances. The Wise Woman brings an aspect of advocating “right action”. She quietly and deftly orchestrates and imparts wise counsel and intuitive direction that shifts the receiver into new possibilities and pathways that reflect “right action” for their life path. She is thoughtful and reflective and rests in her felt connection with Spirit and grounded connection with the earth, Gaia, the Source of her wisdom and intuition.
30 x 40, mixed media
I’ve been emerging for decades but now my time has come! At 75 I am doing what I love to do….portraits. My dream is to continue to rise above circumstances, continue to transform and to teach others, women in particular, to acknowledge, accept and activate their innate creativity as a means of healing. At 75 I fully intend to do much more!!
28 x 30, mixed media
Peace Be Still
10 x 12, mixed media
Every Storm Comes to an End.
All women have a story. Memories that may be too painful to fully express. Through the act of creativity the energies of these memories from the stories can be moved and removed from the body where they hide deep in the cells. Painting used as medicine can be the tool used to help shift that energy and become very cathartic by allowing the painter to put all of their emotions onto the canvas. Catharsis represents a cleansing, a purification, the renewal and restoration that can occur when pent up or buried emotions are felt and released.
24 x 72, acrylic on canvas
Ala – Mother Earth
Pregnant with Possibilities
Ala represents The Queen Archetype. Perhaps the strongest archetype yet the most overwhelmed with expectation and duty as the Queen (Mother). It is she who is the authority and stewardess of the “living space” and primary caregiver of progeny. It is the Queen who brings order and blessing, benevolence, fertility, balance, compassion, fairness and unconditional love. She is a nurturing, stabilizing and calming influence in all circumstances and supports the highest good and soul aligned fulfillment of those in her world. While The Goddess archetype is the Creatrix – inspiring vision and Imagination, The Queen births these into being and actively looks to their growth and prospering. The Queen archetype is the domain of material manifestation, family, “kingdom” (sphere of life influence), also material wealth and abundance.
30 x 48, mixed media
Strength of Heart
The Artist’s Taliswoman
This image represents The Priestess Archetype. The Priestess has a magical connection to the great mystery, the pregnant void, mother of all creation, source energy. She is a connector, a facilitator between the material and the spiritual, a mediator of powerful spiritual, psychological and emotional energies that make up who we are. The Priestess calls forth and directs energies between unconscious and conscious awareness, affecting our material and spiritual sense of well being. She is thoughtful and reflective having depth to her presence and intellect. She knows how to detach from inner and outer storms and how to connect her deep inner truths and resources with her grounded experience of life. She sees a higher possibility and attuned to its resonance. She is not easily influenced by others and brings grace, confidence, insight and power to difficult situations requiring change or… shifting.
30 x 40, mixed media
Daughter of the Cosmos
Soulfire – I Am Enough
This image represents The Divine Essence. The Goddess Archetype is the domain of spirituality, mystical experience and intuition. She emanates dynamic energy, flowing, ever changing with boundless intuitive wisdom and creativity. Her presence is inspiring and causes one to feel renewed – stimulated and revitalized.
I am enough, I am healed enough. I am complete. I am the earth, the stars and the waters of life… I can blossom where ever I am planted. All that I need is within me.
30 x 48, mixed media
Flowers In Her Hair
Healing the Self
A wound needs air in order to heal. We must talk about and expose those things which have hurt or harmed us in some way. Our wounds need nurturing in order to heal but we must first admit the wounds exist. We must carefully do what is necessary to help ourselves feel better.
27 x 27, mixed media
Phyllis Anne Taylor (Pannet) – Artist, Teacher, Elder
As an Intentional Creativity ® teacher and artist, Phyllis Anne Taylor offers individual creativity coaching and facilitates workshops to encourage women and those who support them to focus on acknowledging, accepting, and activating their imagination and insight to fully express their Fierce, Fabulous & Divinely Feminine selves!
Her “Divine Feminine” portrait series shows women reflecting on the lives they are presently living or have lived thus far. There is a feeling of freedom and wholeness in being able to see images that reflect women as they see themselves and not how others see them. Phyllis guides others in creating their own images and choose to heal any wounds that may occur around body image, emotional or physical pain through visual art.
By using painting as an alternative method to express their feelings women may re-imagine their lives by transforming their pain into purpose through image. Sometimes there are no words to express what one has experienced and even if there were, one is often unable to articulate their feelings because of grief, pain, or shame. By using painting as medicine Intentional Creativity ® can be a powerful healing process which has a way of energizing, nurturing, teaching and mirroring our true selves.
Intentional Creativity® allows Phyllis to share her healing journey with others by showing women the coping methods used to help move her through and to the other side of pain. Phyllis shows women how to visually release hurts using image to change their own stories. This act of creation is empowering and changes the creator in remarkable ways.
Phyllis A. Taylor believes when creativity occurs in broken places transformation happens and Intentional Creativity® is a beautiful catalyst for this transformation.
Explore Phyllis’s Art Media and Publications
Article on iMusea Magazine: An Eye on Intentional Creativity with Phyllis Anne Taylor
Article – Art Beat Miami: artbeatmiami.com
Coloring book: Fierce, Fabulous & Feminine on www.amazon.com
Article – For Black Girls: Reclaiming My Black Beauty and Voice at age 60
**If you are interested in purchasing originals, please contact Phyllis directly HERE**
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Special thanks to:
Shiloh Sophia, Curator
Amber Gould, Exhibit Site Design and Curatorial Direction
Maia Lemann, Virtual Show Production, Promotion and Communications
Jessica Richmond, Artist Liaison
Kelly Bonsall & Marnie Dangerfield, Exhibit Design
Anne Labrie, Musea Gallery Store Manager
Sarah Mardell, Member Communications
Phyllis, Congratulations! Your work is beautiful, inspiring and powerful. You are an encouragement to release any limitations I have placed upon myself in relationship to age. Your joy and love comes through the paintings, and emanates from you. Thank you for blessings us with your talent, your piece of the Red Thread. It is a privelege to be in BIWOC with you.
Phyllis! Your work is beautiful, powerful, and so, so needed. Thank you for sharing your spirit with us!
thank you so much Phyllis. Im so blessed to have watched your show. truly marvelous art.
We are incredibly proud of featuring your work and life. Such a blessing for us in our Museum and in our lives!