The Great Below by Jay Taylor

This piece manifested at the height of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Its working title was “They’re Burning Turtles?”, the image of which tormented me after reading about it on the internet…

Although elements of darkness and pain thread undoubtedly through this work, it also fills me with a sense of warmth and light: no matter how awful our human transgressions, Life Itself will ultimately ALWAYS endeavour to return to the awesome functionality and beauty that is its very nature. It is this drive, this innate ability, that will fill my heart and inspire my existence for as long as I continue to draw breath upon this beautiful planet…

Original art by Jay: Taylor, copyright and all rights reserved

Acrylics, acrylic mediums and collaged materials and objects on 16″ × 20″ boxed canvas.

Original sold.

Latest on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill at Natural News

“Is there hope for me,
After all is said and done?
Anything at any price;
All of this for you.
All the spoils of a wasted life;
All of this for you.
All the world has closed her eyes,
Tired faith all worn and thin,
For all we could have done
And all that could have been.

Ocean pulls me close
And whispers in my ear,
The destiny I’ve chose
All becoming clear.
The currents have their say.
The time is drawing near.
Washes me away,
Makes me disappear.

And I descend from grace
In arms of undertow…
I will take my place
In the great below…"

Lyrics from “The Great Below”, Nine Inch Nails

An expressionistic, exploratory artist, I create without restraint or intent. I am a passionate advocate of natural learning, and this organic approach informs all of my work, giving my creations their vibrancy and spontaneity. An abiding love of nature keeps me going when my rather warped sense of humour fails. Above all, I reject the dysfunction and pain our culture perpetuates. More of the same is of no interest to me. I say “YES” to that which is life-serving: let a new paradigm emerge!

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  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous abstract, Jay. Some good things come out of bad events, and thankfully so.

  • Thank you, Frannie – “our blessings and our curses all tangled and intertwined…” Jay

    – Jay Taylor

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful work of art, Jay. Congrats on the sale of the original!

  • Thank you, Dot – I’m happy to report that this one is apparently very happy in its new home :-)

    – Jay Taylor

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice work Ms. Jay!


  • Thank you, Debra :-)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstonealmost 4 years ago

    Stunnind work!!

  • Thank you, Sharon :-)

    – Jay Taylor

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...almost 4 years ago

    Great abstract work!

  • Thank you, Davina :-)

    – Jay Taylor

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatalmost 4 years ago

    Very nice work Jay looks like an awakening to me.

  • Thanks, Vee – I feel strong elements of awakening in this too…

    – Jay Taylor

  • Alissa Brunskill
    Alissa Brunskillalmost 4 years ago

    So organic and true. Beautiful!

  • Thank you, Alissa :-)

    – Jay Taylor

  • TeresaClark
    TeresaClarkalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing, so organic and intense.

  • Thank you, Teresa. I find it very intense, too: I even had to hide it behind a door for awhile there…!

    – Jay Taylor

  • nonarom
    nonaromalmost 4 years ago

    To me, it’s the face of threatening…fantastic deep colors.

  • Thank you for sharing your interpretation, Nona – I feel those threatening undertones, too… Jay

    – Jay Taylor

  • spr041
    spr041almost 4 years ago

    Stunning Jay

  • Thank you, Bob :-)

    – Jay Taylor

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