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About Samantha Barnes

Samantha's work is primarily about drawing, mark-making and observation.    She is a passionista of line and enjoys selling her work all over the UK and oversea's.  

She has been a practising artist for over 20 years, training at Winchester then Edinburgh School of Art.  

In the 00's Sam opened her own gallery in Clapham Common, The Pond, enjoying enormous success selling out her own work and that of 80 other artists.    

Leaving in 2004 to work at home around her family, Sam returned to her drawing board to concentrate on her own artwork, exhibiting via open studios, group exhibitions and her online sales.

Samantha moved into The Art Retreat as her own studio in 2015, opening it up to the public the year after.  She enjoys supporting new artists and is a mentor to a number of new creative businesses.

She is a natural teacher whose enthuses all to get creative.  You can join in her online workshops or attend in person at The Art Retreat here in Suffolk.

Samantha lives in Suffolk with her two children, husband and one dog, Barney, that really should be better behaved. 


Recent Testimonials:

“Thank you Samantha, our drawing has taken pride of place on our Mantlepiece and everyone loves it”.
— Jo Whiley BBC Presenter. Oct 2017
When I see one of Sam’s artworks, it gives me the same feeling that I get when I see one of my children doing something lovely.
— Debs 2015
Samantha Barnes is an artist and a family girl - it’s the wonderful jumbling up of all these responsibilities that make her work so enjoyable
— Angela 2017

Welcome To Samantha's Studio: The Art Retreat

The Art Retreat is a beautiful studio space in the centre of Woodbridge in Suffolk.   Our 200 year old lodge cottage is Sam's art studio, where she produces her beautiful Drawings, Paintings & Prints.

Opening in 2014, The Art Retreat began participatory workshops in 2015 and today we are delighted to have many clients which attend our programme of events.    (You can join our mailing list here)

Our Workshops & Courses are run by a collection of carefully selected artists, designers and makers that run their own art businesses in their fields.  We run regular courses, day workshops & mini art retreats.  The most recent addition to our offerings are our LIVE art sessions which are delivered via our Art Retreat facebook page.    These interactive fun drawing sessions are a great solution to those clients that would like to come us but simply can't due to being too far away or perhaps suffer ill health or caring issues.    

Please see our Live Online Workshops page for more details of these sessions.

The business owner of The Art Retreat is Samantha Barnes whose artworks you can find on the 'Art For Sale' page.