Over my lifetime I’ve had the privilege to visit Mexico several times. One of which includes attending an organic painting residency last year.
What I love about this beautiful country is the abundance in juxtaposition: Dry vs. wet, rough vs. smooth, cultured vs. wild. This contrast inspires the balance & tension I incorporate into my work, namely: maximum texture vs minimal color.
Through all this contrast remains a constant, warm hospitality I experience every time I return. I am grateful for this immense, inspiring and welcoming country.
New Work | Heart Of Gold
Ethereal, textured abstracts made with: Iron-rich Utah dirt, salt from the Great Salt Lake, foraged sawdust, local newspaper, acrylic paint, plaster & metallic pigments on canvas
How Riches Come to You, She Walks with Beauty, Waking Up to Joy & The Golden Rule
Recently installed in a gorgeous Federal Heights home to commemorate new beginnings.
acrylic & mixed media on canvas
30 x 24 in.
Not once in a million years did I imagine I would live in Utah. But the State has always had a special place in my heart. Starting in my early teens, we began taking family road trips to Utah from Canada - a 13 hour drive in our wood panelled station wagon. After 4 years of living here, my love for Utah has grown deeper and stronger than ever. I am continuously inspired by the breathtaking natural beauty, the history and the people of this magnificent State.
My first finished painting of 2023. Less and less do I feel the need to push and pull so hard that it hurts and breaks me. Instead, I invite curiosity, playfulness and allowance so show up instead. Once upon a time, a painting like this would not have been “good enough” because it didn’t push me to the brink of exhaustion and madness. Today, it is beautiful in its simplicity precisely because it is “effortless”. I resolve that my work (on and off the canvas) will be imbued with this sentiment for all of 2023.
The Way, 2023
acrylic & mixed media on canvas
28” x 22”
I am beyond excited to announce that my work will be featured in the April 2023 issue of Architectural Digest.
This is a huge honor & a big "stamp of approval" by my contemporaries. I couldn't be more humbled and more excited.
Whether you have purchased my work, participated in one of my workshops, attended my retreats or simply show your love & support on social media, I am deeply grateful for you. I could not have done this without you.
What an incredible year! My heart is full of gratitude to be able to do what I love and to share it. As a daughter of immigrant parents, I feel a great sense of responsibility to make the most out of my opportunities. Honestly, I don't feel I have the right to be complacent or to settle for less than I know I am capable of. There have been too many sacrifices made along the way to bring me to where I am. And in some way or another, isn't that true for all of us?
I am sincerely grateful for the inspiration, love & support from my family, friends & patrons in 2022.
I am so excited for 2023, and I can't wait to expand in love with you. Happy New Year!
E L E G A N T | R A W | P O E T I C
"Passionate about painting, Samantha creates paintings that are both cultivated and wild."
Agnes B. Park City, Utah
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.