Otago PENinsula ARTists
The wonderful joy of palettes of paint left to soak in the laundry tub
I am a novice photographer and an educated painter.
Visual mystery inspires me. As an artist I am attracted to quirkiness, journeys of the imagination and childlike dreams long forgotten. These dreams come to life visually through the images in my photos, designs, and paintings.
Through the spontaneous lense, I have found mermaids, catfish, and red eyed dragons swimming in my laundry tub. The photographer in me is drawn to the abstract in the real, and the real in the abstract.
The patterns in my photographs may begin as a flower, but soon evolve into a kaleidoscope of wonder. I enjoy the rhythm that comes from the technical processes and this comes through in my prints.
I have fun using alternative tools to paint with. I mostly paint with a palette knife, a child’s sponge, and a toothbrush. I paint circles. Inside my circles you will sometimes see a cloud of colour, or you may see birds paired, having a circled chat.
The grown up stuff sees Samantha major in art at The Dunedin College of Education graduating in 2000. She was the Art/Media teacher at Oamaru Intermediate School for several years. She is well travelled and has planted her feet in the rubbles of The Great Wall of China, and the sands of the desert in Cairo.
The Learning Connexion in Wellington awarded Samantha with The Oriel Hoskin Scholarship in 2013 and Making a Difference Scholarship in 2015. She is in her final year of study (2016) majoring in photography and painting.
Samantha currently resides in Company Bay with her dog Molly; her feet have travelled the hills, the dunes and the shores of the Peninsula.