Her street-side work-in-progress currently shows L-O-V-E spelled with hands, crowned with a butterfly over the “O.” A rainbow of feathers fans out by the “e” in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, representing the diversity of Oklahoma as well as the LGBTQ community.
“I did a design that spells out L-O-V-E, because equality among races, gender, sexual orientation, whatever, is important to me as a person,” Taylor says. “I wanted it to be as universal as possible.”
Taylor even adapted her original design to assuage concerns about whether or not the letters were intended to spell L-O-V-E in sign language. “I have a degree in speech language pathology and audiology. I originally wanted it to be recognizable to everyone,” she says of her first design that resembled an “E” with three fingers. She later changed the “E” to resemble an American Sign Language “e.”
Overall, Taylor has received an outpouring of appreciation from passersby and her online fans. “The message is equality and unity in a state that prides itself on being unified. We’ve been through storms and tornadoes and earthquakes. We’re Oklahoma strong, and Oklahoma proud. So many people have even stopped me and said, ‘Can I give you a hug? I just want to thank you,’” Taylor says.
Weather and other circumstances permitting, the Broken Arrow and Tulsa native plans to complete her labor of love within a few weeks — in advance of the 35th annual Tulsa Pride festival and parade, taking place Saturday, June 3. Practical hurdles are what slow her down. “It’s very taxing on my hands,” she says.
After all, it’s only her second mural ever, and second time working with spray paint on a large scale.