Prize winning artist Carol Taylor is in love with colour, but it wasn’t always so.

A career in law ended shockingly with a catastrophic injury in 2001 that left Carol a quadriplegic. Carol’s spinal cord was severed at the C5/6 level resulting in complete paralysis from the chest down. Despite having only some arm movement but complete lack of hand or finger movement Carol was determined to find and embrace the beauty of life. Carol spent years teaching herself to use her paralysed hands and with the help of makeshift modifications to brushes and some specially made tools Carol found a way to draw, to paint, and to create. A move from Sydney to the Gold Coast in 2005 gave Carol the time to concentrate on her love of painting. Initially concentrating on oils Carol studied under well known Impressionists Colley Whisson, John Wilson and Barbara Suttie before being seduced by the radiant translucency of watercolours. Acclaimed artist, mentor and dear friend Maryanne Holmes was instrumental in aiding Carol to continue on her artistic journey. Carol went on to study under other noted watercolourists such as John Lovett, Greg Allen and Robert Wade. A member of the Watercolour Society of Queensland and the Royal Queensland Art Society, Carol lives in Tallebudgera Valley with her husband Rob, son D’arcy, and a menagerie of crazy animals

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D’arcy is now 8 years old and is a very happy little boy that loves life, loves school, loves dinosaurs and loves helping his Mummy. Parenting with quadriplegia presents very considerable challenges, however being a mum is the best job I have ever had, and it’s also the most challenging and the most rewarding. With D’arcy’s increasing independence over the years I have missed the intellectual stimulation of my former career and to a lesser extent the sense of professional identity which was lost as a result of my accident. I briefly considered the idea of looking for part time work with a law firm. I imagined my desire for flexibility coupled with my disability would not be a package met with open arms by any prospective employer. So I decided to set up my own practice. I wanted to ensure I had complete flexibility to sustain work life balance. Having waited so long and having endured so much to have a family my concern was that an employment situation may not cater to my needs. By taking full advantage of the advances in technology, I established Taylor Law & Conveyancing. Initially the practice will focus on Property law and Estate matters, however, for obvious reasons I have a personal interest in human rights and anti-discrimination, disability law and policy.

I want to explore these areas with a view to helping members of the disabled and senior communities. In particular, I would like to assist families affected by disability to access fair and equitable treatment and to plan for the future. As a mother with a disability this might be an area in which I may be able to contribute. For obvious reasons Taylor Law & Conveyancing are supporters of the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation and 5% of the fees earned on every matter are donated to the Foundation in the hope of one day finding a cure for paralysis. Whilst I am so delighted I can contribute consistently through my business, another important way to help is to become a Cure Comrade, a regular giver. I just love the fact you can be part of the Foundation in a way that is meaningful and valued such as this.