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Creativity ...


takes courage

~ Henri Matisse


Artist Biography

Buffy Taylor, known by her artist name ~buffy, is the creative force behind Cope Aesthetic, a dynamic art studio based in Pittsboro, NC. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts concentrating in Visual Communications while minoring in Information Systems & Art Studio from Framingham State University. In 2012 she honed her craft during a transformative study abroad experience at Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. 

With a multifaceted background spanning fine art photography, web and graphic design, and studio art, Buffy's creative journey is as diverse as her portfolio. Today, she is a local, regional, national, and international traveling muralist specializing in large-scale public and residential murals, digital design for wraps, custom sneaker art, bespoke clothing, and hand-painted accessories.

Driven by a desire to celebrate diversity and forge lasting connections within communities, Buffy infuses each artwork with elements that honor the essence of shared experiences and cultural richness or speaks to personal narratives that resonate deeply with viewers. Whether installing vibrant murals on city walls and streets or customizing sneakers to showcase individual stories, her work transcends conventional boundaries, evoking a sense of wonder and admiration from audiences worldwide.

Through Cope Aesthetic, she invites others to join her in a journey of artistic exploration, where with every brushstroke, she endeavors to capture the vibrancy of the communities she serves, becoming a testament to its spirit, leaving an indelible mark on hearts and minds alike.

Artist Autobiography

In 2017, three years after graduating from FSU (2014) I became an emerging visual artist using a variety of mediums, substrates, tools, and processes to create art while searching for my niche/style.


A year later (early 2018), I began painting murals. Now, I am a full-time working artist in the early to mid stages of a professional career. 


My work includes public art (murals, installations, & chalk drawings), private art (murals for residences & smaller commissions), commissions include custom sneakers, and hand-painted clothing or accessories. It also includes passion projects, pet projects: art I create for the sake of creating art, and art created while building my skillsets. 


I continue to learn while growing my portfolio so my artistic evolution includes other mediums but my primary medium is paint. With it I've painted canvases, people, clothes, objects, and places.


My secondary medium chalk, was recently added in the second quarter of 2021.

Career Highlights:
  • Installation: Wood Panel Mural (Diptych) "Little Victories", Chatham Arts Council, Main St., Pittsboro, NC, December 10, 2021 - present.

  • Event Artist: Chatham Arts Council, JumpstART event, First Sunday, Main St., Pittsboro, NC, November 7, 2021.

  • Installation: Wood Panel Mural (Diptych) "Little Victories", Pittsboro and Chatham County Welcome Center, Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC, November 5 -17, 2021

  • Chalk Artist: Chatham 250th Sidewalk Chalk Festival, The Park at Briar Chapel, Pittsboro, NC, September 11, 2021.

  • Chalk Artist: An AoPS Academy Summer Math Walk event, Apex, NC, June 26 - 29, 2021. 

  • Chalk Artist: An RSVP Event for Elon University Employee Appreciation Day at The Rhodes Stadium, Burlington, NC, May 27 & 28, 2021. 

  • Installation: Team Collaboration for the Town of Benson's first public mural, Main St., Benson, NC, October 6, 2020 - November 6, 2020

  • Silent auction street artist: For the 50 Colonoscopies under 50 Charity Auction & Gala, February 28, 2020.

  • First solo exhibit (art & fine art photography) in North Carolina. The Davie, Raliegh, NC, July 5, 2019 - July 31, 2019.

  • Wearable art show: Wearable art designer, STRUT: A Fashion Exhibit of Extreme Ornament, Sertoma Art Center, Raleigh, NC, June 22, 2019.

  • Appearance: Live Painting and pop-up artist, Imurj, Raleigh NC, April 30,  May 7/8/15 & 29, 2019.​

  • Appearance: Featured artist, Dee McNair on the Air Show, on NC Spectrum Channels 4, 8, 18, & 1304, April 9, 2019.​

  • Appearance: Promotional video for interview with Dee McNair of the Dee McNair on the Air Show, February 15, 2019.

  • Appearance: Promotional video for SMASH 2019 with Dee McNair on the Air, January 2, 2019

  • Installation: November 2018 - present, 9' 5" x 7' 5" mural on Salisbury Street for Downtown Raleigh Art Beats. See the ABC 11 feature by Robert Judson.

  • Exhibit: November 2, 2018 - January 2, 2019, 7 of my paintings in 3 galleries around Raleigh and High Point, NC

  • Showcase: October 20, 2018, my bodypaint/costume design was featured in the CircusSPARK Fantasy Showcase on the Main Stage in City Park on Fayetteville St., Raleigh. I wrote an original poem to introduce my character and was asked to read it as my model walked on stage.

  • July 20, 2018, helped lead a “Bull City” themed paint night. Hosted by/for members of The Social Club in Durham, NC

  • Installation: April  2018 - September 2020, 6’ x 6’ wall mural for Imurj in downtown Raleigh. 

College Career:
  • Selected as one of the first 16 FSU students for the inaugural MetroWest Chamber of Commerce college student initiative. February 25, 2011.

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