About Samantha Barnes
1 of 3 listed for an 'East Anglian Daily Times Award' Category of 'Raising The Bar'
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I have two children, one husband and one dog that really should be a better behaved. My work is all about lifting spirits and reflecting the things in life that simply make us feel better. My aim is for my clients to catch a glimpse of my paintings as they go about their daily lives and feel better for doing so, that's the very thing that makes me excited to get into my studio everyday and make new paintings and drawings.
I make work to sit well in your house and try to invite everyone to find themselves somewhere it in too - you may be enjoying a good natter with a friend, walking the dog, changing nappies - I try to add in a little part of our repeated patterns in each of my paintings.
I studied Art at Winchester School of Art, Then Edinburgh College of Art where I achieved a 2:1 Ba in Printed Textiles and Illustration. From there on, alongside the essential jobs to pay the bills, which included working in The V&A Bookshop, Cleaning and even a stint in bulb packing factory, I painted all the way through. In 1995 I worked in art studios in Clapham Common where I worked, feast or famine for five years before opening my own art gallery called The Pond, which was situated opposite the children's pond on the Pavement. It was a wonderful period of my life and I learnt such alot. My own artworks sold over and over again, soon it became too much to make and sell all my own works, so we concentrated on selecting other artists whose work we loved and sold theirs handsomely. It was a wonderful period of learning and enormous fun. We took stands at The Affordable Art Fairs among others and by the time I left, we were regularly selling over 80 artists work.
In 2004 I became a wife and then a mum. Alongside spooning in baby food and doing all the things essential to keeping our babies warm, fed and happy (a very tough assignment for at least the first five years) I wasn't so much painting, more grabbing a few precious single minutes in which I could draw quick sketches - I found it all painfully slow in the minute by minute - but now it turns out that those years actually whizzed by and now I miss them muchly and those drawings are my most treasured items - along with my children of course!
As the children grew, I gained time and began to paint again. I began to take part in Open Studio Shows and manageable events and once again started selling my work. Slowly slowly catchy monkey.
We moved to Suffolk in 2013 and a new stage of creativity began. I have a beautiful studio and run workshops regularly in printmaking (on my beloved press) It's still feast or famine which seems to be the artist's lot, but the ideas keep coming and with a renewed lease of love for my work, I'm upping my output of paintings and about to commission a new collection of prints from my latest paintings.
More recently I've been taking on more commissions too which I love to do.
I hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for reading.