Born in June 1964, Sam’s earliest ambition was to work in a post office. Instead she has been a fire extinguisher salesman, a silver service waitress, a death grants advisor, a Wedgwood Rooms worker, a cinema usherette, a catering manager, a civil servant, a student and an au pair.
She graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a BA in Applied Social Science (having transferred from a business sandwich degree with French). She had not a clue what to do but knew through and through that she would never be a poet. A career in the civil service was not well tolerated and catering management was not really where the heart was. A change in direction was needed. Sharpish. She moved up to Liverpool and did a BTEC in General Art and Design at City of Liverpool College where an inspirational teacher by the name of Hering gave her the confidence to give it a go with her pictures. Now there are 9 posters and 14 cards published of her work, which can be found in WH Smith, Waterstones, Athena, John Lewis and IKEA.
She says “I’m lucky that my experiences as a child left me at the edge of things – ever watchful, observant and compelled to link scenes and memories into some kind of narrative. Stripes, textures, delicious whiffs, children’s rhymes, eccentric characters, lovely hats, nostalgic tunes and beautiful dogs are all things that catch my attention and fuel my imagination. I am grateful to these favourite things that make my creativity possible, along with my eyes, hands and especially my mum.”
Sam has been working as an artist since 1992 using mixed media; oil pastels, coloured inks, scraffito and the innovative fingers-and-thumbs technique. She met Mr Mustard a while back dawdling along the seafront and he is so glad to have her drawing him in pictures, colouring them in so well and hardly ever going over the lines. She is delighted to have work published as cards and limited edition prints. Sam is an incredibly modest individual and would respectfully advise you, if you like her work at all, to buy one of her masterpieces sooner rather than later as, if she gets any more famous, you won’t be able to afford one…