Artist Spotlight – Samantha French
Samantha French’s work explore escapism and the laid back vibe of summer days spent lounging poolside.
Samantha’s series of underwater paintings were inspired by memories of her own summer spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota, where she was born.
Her works are exhibited throughout the country, including in public and private collections. She has also gained extensive international and national coverage.
In Her Own Words
In a quote from Samantha’s personal website, she explains the reasoning behind her body of works and her inspirations.
“My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. They are my escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.”
Samantha was born and raised in Minnesota, USA. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005.
She paints full time, and has a studio in Brooklyn, New York City.
Image Source: www.samanthafrench.com