All That Must Be, Coming Home, In The Sweetness Of You, It's Good To Hear From You & Room With A View
I am thrilled to announce that my work has been featured in the Summer/Fall 2022 Park City issue of Western Home Journal Magazine!
"Living Fearlessly" by Danielle Vigueria
"This phase of my artistry is coming into myself and being less afraid in what I share with the world." Samantha daSilva
The desert makes me feel small. I welcome this feeling.
To be dwarfed, from time to time, by the magnitude of our surroundings, helps calm the disrupting anxiety that what we do matters so much. Any notion of self-importance dissolves when I walk on the other-worldly shores of Antelope Island and the bleach-white vistas of the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The desert landscape reminds me we are merely human: Soft, humble and temporary. I am at the whim of the same forces that laid out those canyons and chiseled those abrupt, life-giving mountains. Nature does not care whether I live or die. It is not inherently cruel or coddling. I both love and hate her for it.
In the Utah desert, I enter the whole of nothingness. I feel both minuscule and held.
Colors, Texture & Movement | Commission Paintings inspired by the Great Salt Lake made with the Great Salt Lake.
We can't help it. We paint who you are. The canvas is your mirror.
"As Within, So Without.”
For an artist, the process of self-inquiry is essential to the creative journey. The more intimately you know yourself, the better your art will be.
I love asking questions! But even more than just asking, I love to answer them. Asking and answering questions can act like a powerful compass in finding your true north.
The desert is a timid lover. It reveals itself slowly. Its barren surface is a facade meant to keep the impatient from staying here long. It's as though the landscape has been stripped of every overindulgence and distilled to its essential, grandiose spirit. Curiously, there is something about the austerity of the desert that makes me feel like: "I have arrived. I am home." I am mesmerized, addicted and seduced.
Paintings inspired by the colors, textures and spirit of the Great Salt Lake.
For a person who's experienced so much geographical movement & upheaval, I welcome the sentiment that the ethereal, other-worldly landscape of the Great Salt Lake imparts to my soul: "I have arrived. I am home."
What is the significance of 108 holes on a canvas?
According to traditional Buddhist teaching, 108 represents the number of mortal desires which one must overcome to achieve Nirvana. Mala Beads are often used as a meditation tool, so that a mantra can be recited as you move your fingers along the beads.
The Illuminated Desert
acrylic & mixed media on canvas
36 x 60 in.
Blue - the most universally loved color. So many requests lately for commission paintings including blue. In approaching my work, I always try to chose a varied palette of textures - not only in terms of how they will appear on the canvas, but also how they will contrast with each other.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.