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Samuel Smith is an award winning artist residing in Santa Barbara along California’s central coast. He has shown his regional landscapes locally and nationally in numerous galleries and shows, including the 2016 national American Impressionist Society annual show with top artists from the US. Sam’s art has been featured in Southwest Art magazine, Fibonacci Fine Art, and other art publications. His style is uniquely described as a melding of early California impressionism with contemporary subjects. He has captured the interest of regional and national audiences, after a host of regional awards in the Santa Barbara area the past 5 years, emerging into the collectors market. On a personal level, Sam tells people that the “way to know life is to love many things” (quoting Vincent Van Gogh), and that is represented in his work, as subjects are tremendously diverse compared to most artists today who may target one genre for branding sake.
MORE IN DEPTH on Sam, from Sam: An early love of art, along with many museum visits as a child, and a fascination with design and color, led to an offer of a full Scholarship in the Fine Arts to begin College. My time as a Major in the Fine Arts at Utah State University and BYU (after which a minor degree was completed and a BA in Liberal Arts obtained at USU) provided exposure and mentoring with a broad range of Artists.
More recent additional influences from Kathryn Stats, Brian Blood, Trent Gudmunsen, Kevin Courter, Mike Malm, Matt Larson, Josh Clare, and especially Matt Warren- all who have influenced my work and are friends to whom I owe thanks. It is also worth mentioning that the beautiful landscape work of Paul Ferney, Peter Fiore, Bill Cramer, and Wolf Kahn, and Kevin Fitzgerald have all been immensely inspiring. Likewise, I owe much to the encouragent and support of my wife, Kristen Carte-Smith, who was a fellow Art Major in college and with whom I travel to study and enjoy art and host workshops.
I now live in Santa Barbara, CA, and have been adopting coastal seascapes to supplement the southern desert scenes I also love. My philosophy on art cannot be summed up in a sentence. It is more complex in it’s relationship to life than a line could do justice. But I will say that creativity is at the center of discovering a happy life…..because creativity is s process of discovery and fulfillment. It is beautiful, yes- but what is most beautiful is that it fosters enlightenment in a way that no other medium can. Albert Einstein once said “creativity is intelligence having fun.” And in my world, intelligence and creativity are worthy of life’s pursuit.
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