Meet Aaron Hutts of AaronTaylorArt
I have always been into art, having ADHD made it really hard to pay attention in class without doodling on every assignment I ever had. Eventually my teachers pushed me into art classes so I could take it more seriously. It very quickly became an outlet for every trauma I had as a kid, essentially turning into at home therapy. I tend to work really fast and pieces kept piling up until I didn’t really have any room left in my bedroom. Selling the paintings was the best way for me to start weeding out what I had so that I could make even more. I played a music event in Fort Worth with the band I was in during high school, and that got me connected to selling art at the Lola’s Rock and Roll Rummage Sale. Ever since, I’ve been gradually adding more and more events every month.
While it hasn’t been extremely difficult so far, debilitating chronic pain definitely slows me down. As much as I would love to do loads of art events, I have to schedule around taking breaks so that my pain doesn’t get even worse than it already is.
I mostly sell paintings, drawings, and art prints, but I’ve also expanded into making screen printed tshirts, hand painted jackets, and handmade soap. Honestly, I’m most proud of the fact that I’ve been able to actually make money off of my art. It’s never easy to work in such an inconsistent field, so I’m really, really proud of the work I am able to do.
The most important thing for me in my art is that it resonates with others while still being something that I make for myself. I struggled a lot with feeling alone because of my disability, my sexuality, and my gender growing up, so if I can make someone feel even a little bit less alone, I’m satisfied.