Way Back When


I was reflecting today on where my journey with art began. To be honest, I can't really remember when it wasn't an important part of my life. Even in the years I didn't paint, I was constantly in creation mode.

 

As a youngster, I was really big into cartooning, probably more so than anything else.

I was a bit of a tomboy growing up. The thought of wearing a dress or anything pretty made my stomach turn! My Saturday mornings consisted of Spiderman, Tom & Jerry and Bugs Bunny. That and perhaps a game or two of PacMan.

Archie, Veronica and the gang influenced me a lot and when I wasn't drawing, I'd be using them to imprint images onto my Silly Putty. ūüĆĚ

 

I did enjoy coloring, as do a lot of children. I had a special liking for the bold lines and variety of imagery. I could never quite be satisfied with the colors though. No matter what crayons, felts or pencils I chose, they never seemed to be bright enough. It never came out exactly the way I had imagined.

 

I was an intense and a very serious child which made for intense and serious art! I was definitely about getting it perfect. Which is kind of funny now that I think about it. In my current style, I try to embrace all of the beautiful 'mistakes'. These are the authentic parts that we all own, the pieces that set us apart from everyone else. I love it when I'm really able to bring that energy into my work.

 

I believe being able to trust your own creative eye is important for the process. Although it's not always the most comfortable feeling, the fact is, it's ok to be in that vulnerable place. Being there will help your soul to grow and help you to discover your truth.

 

Yes, I loved my food as much as I loved art and still do. :)

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Sam began her creative journey as a young child with a love for colorful acrylics and folksy style imagery. Creating whimsical and happy art has since become part of her regular process. Currently exploring watercolor and gouache as mediums, she's always seeking new challenges that will help her grow as an artist.

 

Sam's illustrations have been featured at Print & Pattern and Swatch & Repeat. They have also been published in both Uppercase and Teen Breathe magazine. 

 

Art doesn't stop at illustration or painting for this quirky gal. New textile art will be available this year!

 

The one thing that you will find ties all of her work together is her originality and the way that she executes each piece. There's a ton of love and care that goes into it all, down to the very last detail.

 

Sam finds gratitude in every day that she has another opportunity to make more art and create pretty things for a living. A favorite spot to sit and ponder future projects is her garden. Unless it happens to be winter, in which case you will find her at her desk, wrapped up in a warm sweater, sipping a large cup of tea. 

 

Besides the creative stuff, Sam loves taking naps, hanging out at the beach and Netflix binging. Currently, she resides in Pitt Meadows, BC with her husband, their three daughters and fur babies, Pepper and Nick.

 

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