About Samantha Barnes
I make my work to lift spirits. I enjoy painting everyday things in that simply make us feel better. My hope is for those who live with a piece of my work on their wall, catch glimpses of them as they go about daily lives - and feel better for doing so. It's the thought of this daily interaction that drives me to my studio everyday and make new work.
I try to add in a little part of our repeated daily patterns in each of my paintings. Routine is a big theme for me.
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 to pay the bills.
From 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 much about working and selling other artist's work.
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 family girl.. Alongside spooning in baby food and doing all the things essential to keeping our babies warm, fed and happy (a very tough assignment) 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 whizzed by and those drawings are my now 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 various Open Studios and local events - once again selling my work regularly.
In 2013,We moved to Suffolk in and a new stage of creativity began. I moved into a beautiful studio, The Art Retreat, where we run workshops and art events regularly. The ideas keep coming and, with a renewed lease of love for making my work, things are going well.
I hope you enjoy your visit and thank you for reading.
Samantha Barnes. 2017