My name is Taylor Shimkus and I am an artist and small business owner. Growing up and living right outside of Chicago, I had the privilege of being a short train ride away from a city full of beautiful architecture, endless museums, lakefront views and culture. The creative in me took every chance I could get to take my DSLR and sketchbook into the city to capture and create.
When people would ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’d always respond, “I want to be an artist.” I took that one step further by moving down to Savannah, Georgia to pursue my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television and minor in Motion Media Design. It was during my time at SCAD that I truly learned to enjoy the whole design process. After receiving my degree, I moved to Orlando, Florida to begin my career in the Themed Entertainment Industry.
Three years and one global pandemic later, I was left with a lot of free time. I took advantage of that time and was able to get back to my roots – creating. Like most professional artists, I had an online portfolio. However, I didn’t sell my artwork, it was just for show. I truly never thought about selling my art until one day my boyfriend simply asked me, “Why not?” Those simple two words got my gears going and, in that moment, Just Decent became a reality.
My online shop went live in October 2020 and I attended my first Farmer’s Market, in November. At www.JustDecent.co and local markets you can purchase my digital prints of plants, flower bouquets, cacti and succulents along with cards and stickers. I would love for you to check it out, because I can guarantee, prints last longer than the real thing.