Tokie (Rome) Taylor is a native of Atlanta, Ga. who earned her B.A. from Morris Brown College, studying with the likes of Fred Ajanogha, Lee Ransaw and Christopher Hickey amongst others. She went on to earn both a Masters and Specialist from Lesley University. Her medium of choice is photography, exploring figure through the use of portraiture. Her artwork has ranged from the capturing the likes of Coretta Scott King, African Americian empowerment, to narrative surreal portraiture. She draws inspiration and influence from an eclectic range of time periods, artists, and cultures. Key influencers are Old Renaissance Master painters, Dutch photographers GemmyWoud-Binnendijk and Ruud Van Empel, along with Harlem Renaissance photographer James Van Der Zee. She is additionally influenced by a love of culture, afro futurism, and vintage artifacts/clothing. Her fine art portraiture and narrative surreal portraits have been featured in several galleries and shows including The High Rise Show-TILA Studios, Zuckerman Gallery, Auburn Research Library, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center , Photo Buckhead, The Atlanta Airport Photography Exhibit, the ArtXchange and Alan Avery Selects: APG Gallery Show. She has been featured in several magazines and has a solo show forthcoming at Maloof Gallery in 2020. Here commissioned work is held in several private collections as well as by the Fulton County Arts Council. She has five bright, beautiful children, a wonderful husband, a love of science fiction and learning new things.