Sam has been drawing and painting horses for as long as she can remember; as a little girl, she first sat on a pony aged three, and was consumed by a lifelong passion for all things equine from that point. The three year old who couldn’t stay on a pony trotting round a corner became an 11 year old who spent every weekend and school holiday with her pony, and never really grew out of that.
As a teenager who seemed to have inherited her love of art from her mum, she earned extra pocket money by drawing friends’ dogs and horses. As a young adult who bounced from office job to waitressing to retail work, she earned an extra income painting dogs and horses without ever thinking she could earn a living solely from art. Pre-social media, life as an artist was generally the stereotype we still think of: lonely and poorly-paid. Post social media, however, and the world has suddenly become obsessed with images and the importance of the visual, which makes working in a visual medium much easier.
As a middle-aged adult suddenly finding herself a single parent in her late thirties, painting became a lifeline; the love of horses, which had been buried beneath marriage, children and everyday life, re-emerged and grew wings, and a life making a living doing the thing she loved became a new reality.
Sam specialises in original oil paintings, and takes private and corporate commissions of landscapes, pets, animals and abstract subjects. She’s currently working on a commission of Desert Orchid and Kauto Star, for the grandson of an avid racing fan to remember his grandfather by. She aims to capture the life, movement and feeling of a scene, a landscape or an animal, rather than show every tiny detail – the sort of painting you might see as a memory when you close your eyes.
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…