"His ministry is his art," she said.
Certainly, Mellert isn't the only one who appreciates her mother's art, which has been exhibited around the world. Taylor, a native of Morgantown, made Charleston her home for most of her adult life.
Bob Bridges, an assistant professor of art at WVU and curator of the university's art collection, is compiling a catalog brochure of Taylor's work. He has written a book about Lazzell, Taylor's cousin and mentor.
"I guess the first time I heard of Grace Martin Taylor's work was in 2000, when I came to WVU," he said. "What I found fascinating was how much Blanche Lazzell had mentored Taylor. We have a series of letters between the two that Grace had kept and Lucie (Mellert) shared with us.
"They show how Lazzell made suggestions on which shows Taylor should enter and who she should study with," he said.
Lazzell and Taylor were among many artists who headed to Provincetown, Mass., to study art in the 1920s and '30s.
"Lazzell throughout her career studied with artists she felt were important and who she thought had something important to say," Bridges said. "Even though she was two years older than Hans Hofmann (the German abstract expressionist), she knew he was important and she studied with him.
"Almost immediately after that, she talked Taylor into coming up to Provincetown to study with them."
Both Lazzell and Taylor became known as pioneers among American modernists.
"What made Taylor stand out is that she continued to return to West Virginia and she really is the representative for modern and abstract art in this state," Bridges said.
Taylor's wood block prints, which she entered in national print exhibitions, were quite popular among collectors.
"We have the whole collection of her color woodblock prints through Lucie, and we are the only institution that has the whole work," Bridges added.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.