Taylor was born in Nebraska. She earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1977, then took art instruction at the American Academy of Art in Chicago from 1982-1983. Taylor earned a master’s certificate from the New York Academy of Art in 1986, and studied painting at the National Academy of Design with Harvey Dinnerstein and Ron Sherr. She furthered her studies at the Art Students League of New York from 1985-1989. She later traveled to France to study with Ted Seth Jacobs.
In 1996, Taylor was artist-in-residence at Acadia National Park in Maine. Since 2002, she has maintained a studio in Seal Cove, Maine, where she also teaches. She conducts workshops in Austin, New York, Italy, and France.
In 2007, she was commissioned to paint an eleven-panel mural on the history of labor in Maine. Her work is displayed in many public and private collections including the United States Park System, Friends of Acadia, and the Jackson Laboratory.