A B O U T   S A M

Born and raised just north of New York City, I spent most of my childhood running around outdoors with my brother and sister. When I wasn't exploring, I was drawing. My dad is a very influential figure in my life, and some of my favorite memories consist of hiking, star gazing, and creating with him. I remember sitting at his large drawing board, around age four or five; wide-eyed and enchanted by the colorful paints, pencils, and tools. I would sit and watch for hours, amazed at every little move he made. Daily life with him was always about new knowledge and experimentation. We would be driving down a back country road and he would stop the car, looking up at the sunset, and say things like, "Sam, look at the lighting on those clouds. See how the colors mix and reflect? Try to imagine how you could recreate that as a painting."

He was always pushing me. Teaching me. Creating a deep sense of curiosity, lighting that spark and keeping my imagination flowing. It's difficult to remember a time when art wasn't a major part of my existence. It's how I learned to communicate. How I learned to express myself. How I learned to love. For me, art was love. 

Decades later, I completed my bachelors degree with a double major in both the Fine Arts and Education. For me, implementing a passion for the creative process into other's lives allows the gifts of interaction, interpretation, connection, and most importantly, reflection. After five years of being in the classroom, I left my teaching career to begin painting full time. 

Working primarily with acrylics and mixed media, my work focuses on a figurative and expressive style. I enjoy using my creative voice to represent authenticity, femininity, and emotion. 

A B O U T   T H E   W O R K

Creating figurative work as a woman, for me personally, is about taking back the power of the female form. While through-out history women were often only muses in art; this new wave happening today allows women artists to re-create this interpretation in a more authentic way. Pairing masculine disciplines, such as dark color palettes and heavy brushstrokes, with femininity, creates a sense of curiosity within the work. How does the cool color shift the mood? Abstract washes of light and dark play a large role in every new form; communicating a compelling sense of expression, strength and liveliness.

How far can this be taken--challenging and pushing the implied structure to its limits. Each of my pieces is created from life; allowing each model to choose a pose that is significant to who they are and what they feel. Something that feels relatable, authentic, and true. Each new composition forms a new and intriguing narrative. Who are these women? What are their stories? The final judgments are left to the viewer’s imagination based on their own life experiences. These works are created in fragments; representative of what it means to be a woman, sometimes whole; others growing and morphing into something much greater than ourselves.

 

E X H I B I T I O N S

“The Other Art Fair” Featured Exhibiting Artist 2019

Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, New York

“Seductress” Group Exhibition 2019

The Grand Bohemian Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina

“Nude Night” Group Exhibition 2019

Orlando, Florida

“The Other Art Fair” Featured Exhibiting Artist 2018

Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, New York

"Summer Show" Group Exhibition 2018

Trager Contemporary, Charleston, South Carolina

"Things They Carry" Installation 2018

Charleston, South Carolina

"Nude Nite" Group Exhibition 2018

Tampa, Florida 

"Redux Contemporary Arts Center 15th Annual Auction", 2017

Charleston, South Carolina

"Holiday Show" Group Exhibition 2017

Corner Gallery Norfolk, Virgina 

"Get Well Soon" Group Exhibition 2017

The Southern, Charleston, South Carolina

First Friday Art Pop Up, 2017 Artist

Charleston, South Carolina

Celadon Home Anniversary Celebration, 2017 Artist

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston Fashion Week, 2016 Sponsored Artist

Charleston, South Carolina

"Art a la Carte" 2012-2014 Exhibition Series

The Hudson Valley, New York

"Senior Thesis" 2013 Group Exhibition 

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

"Creative Outlets" 2012 Group Exhibition

Scranton, Pennsylvania 

"Mind The Art" 2011 Group Exhibition 

Scranton, Pennsylvania  

E D U C A T I O N

2013

BFA Marywood University

Dual Major in Fine Art and Arts Education

Minor in Art History

2011

Independent Artist Residency 

Concentration on the Human Figure

London, England 

R E P R E S E N T A T I O N

 Trager Contemporary, Charleston SC

Grand Bohemian Gallery, Charleston SC

Destination Haus, Amagansett NY

Gallery Vibe, Naples FL

 

C O L L A B O R A T I O N S

The Inside Out Project, “I Am An Artist”, 2019

Getaway House Artist Fellow, 2019

Art Crate Partnership, 2017

Decor Aid Partnership, 2016

Soho Myriad Partnership 2016

Makers Magazine Publication, 2016

 
 
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