Samantha grew up in Vernon, BC and has always had a passion for the arts. Following high school, she enrolled in a liberal arts program, but after a year of turning her notebooks into sketchbooks she decided make her mark as an artist and enrolled in Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Between semesters, she managed to explore the globe, growing her passion for painting through the cultures and energies of the world, financing her travels by selling her works along the way.
Samantha has now returned to the North Okanagan and has continued to create. Recently she embarked on a residency in Nelson BC at the Hidden Creek Arts Centre where she focused on the beauty and unpredictability of water. Her home studio overlooks the beautiful Okanagan Lake where she happily paints her surrounding landscapes.
The focus of Samantha’s work, much like many other artists, is to find a way to explain the world she sees and feels. Since her infancy, the outdoors has always been friend and comfort to her. The shapes, colours, patterns and lines of nature have always drawn her in and overwhelmed her with a sense of awe and wonder. The more she obsessed over these qualities, the more the colours started to pull apart and become vibrant. Structures started to sing and dance and change. Simultaneously, Samantha sees a mountain as something strong and secure, and yet full of loose ends at the same time. Parts that move and sway or that produce such an energy that they themselves cannot seem to contain it. This sense of motion and energy is what she feels connects her to the world around her, and it is what drives her paintings and her line work.