Stephanie Taylor began her career in Honolulu in the art department of a magazine, and in Los Angeles as an advertising art director. After receiving a degree in history from UCLA in 1977, she began painting murals in Los Angeles, and built a prolific and eclectic career creating site-specific installations and sculpture for major institutions such as Disney, Hilton and Hyatt, and collections all over California and the United States, and in Paris and Kyoto. Taylor has been a freelance Opinion contributor to the Sacramento Bee Sunday Forum since 2011: “California Sketches,” is a series that combines her paintings and essays. In 2016, she co-authored a book about water in California: Water: More or Less, an anthology of history, policy, essays and paintings. In 2018, she created Frankenstein: A Graphic Interpretation, as a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Shelley’s Frankenstein, with the Sacramento Public Library. Taylor is currently working on her third book, a graphic interpretation about the process and reality of what it’s like to embrace life as an artist — to risk, negotiate, endure and survive. More at stephanietaylorart.com.