TAYLOR LEONG (VISUAL 2014), is like a master chef, combining heat, spice, imagination and passion to simmer a paella to utter perfection or artfully coax a soufflé to gently rise. Testing, tasting, a pinch of this, a dash of that; cooking up one idea after another, Taylor produces visual banquets with many courses for all to savor.

This year, Taylor received a gold medal for her comic art submission from the Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards. She is studying Finnish, motivated by her sophomore year history class with Ms. Schlax; fascinated by what she learned about that culture and the Cold War.

Her coursework in APUSH (Advanced Placement United States History) with the incredible Mr. Mironov inspired a creative rendition of US History, a 21 page comic book, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”. She’s also been attending a six week summer painting class, 3 days a week for 6 hours a day, at Fort Mason through CCSF. Two nights a week, she’s diligently learning to master the Spanish language.

Further evidence of Taylor’s commitment to creative growth was presented last weekend at an opening reception at The Workshop Residence, where she and fellow SOTA students NOA BATLE, ELENA DIEBEL, LENA NG, LARS MAYRAND, JENNIFER TERRELL and NATALIE YU interned with Artists-in-Residence Agelio, Delia, Noa and Nilo Batle to produce fantastic light sculptures from upcycled plastic milk jugs. In July some of Taylor’s personal work will be on display in the Cornerstone Annual Arts Night, a tradition in place since middle school.

Dubbed the Girl with Many Hats, Taylor enjoys Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Who and Star Trek (both old and new incarnations). She can be found with her sketchbook, drawing at coffee shops, parks, buses, and beaches. A true San Franciscan, she is impervious to fog.

Pictured here with a 20 foot long Dr. Who scarf, knitted by sister, Sydney Rae Leong, Dance, 2016.