FOLLOWING THE DREAM
Taylor Rae Hillestad is both a professional graphic designer and freelance artist living in the Twin Cities. She developed her passion for the arts by being exposed to it by her Grandpa Ray who was an artist. She attended numerous art and design classes throughout her life, and studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during a summer between high school. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014 earning a BFA in Graphic Design, along with taking multiple painting electives.
By working as an intern at Aveda, and currently at the beauty and haircare distributor, Creative Laboratories, Inc.; she specializes in packaging designs, branding, educational material, advertisements, videos, and websites for a variety of health and beauty products. Her packaging, educational materials, and branding campaigns can be seen in salons and at stores like Walmart, Ulta, and Sally Beauty to name a few. Taylor also does freelance design work for national musicians, stores, and small businesses.
As a freelance portrait artist, she specializes in R&B, Rock & Roll, Athlete, and Neon-Noir themed work. Her work is expressed with exaggerated colors, neon lights, and splattered paint, and is often being inspired by the subject.
Her paintings have been featured in magazines, on TV, and displayed in restaurants across the country. They have been admired by some of her favorite musicians including Phil Collins, members of the band Genesis, Boy George, Hall & Oates, Eliot Lewis, Offset of Migos, Jon Anderson & the band YES, Alan Parsons, Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chromeo, & Mayer Hawthorne, along with NFL players: Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, Mike Hughes, Adam Thielen, and Anthony Harris. Many of her idols even invited her to their concerts to meet her and to see her work in person. Daryl Hall, from the legendary duo Hall & Oates, hung one of her paintings at his restaurant and music club in New York. It is seen in the background of his music show "Live From Daryl's House" on MTV & VH1.
She enjoys balancing both of her passions in art and design, and always looks forward to what inspires her next in today's ever changing world.