Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Rachel Pearson.
Samantha Rachel, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My interest with street art began when I was sent to alternative school at age 16. I became infatuated with the idea of being able to express myself in a form of art that was massive in size, quick to do, and not traditional. Spraypaint has since become my medium of choice and I am happy to share my murals with music festivals and businesses alike.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I spraypaint large scale portraits. With the help of lifts, coffee, and determination I paint faces 1-2 story’s tall and growing! I believe these portraits to be a reflection of society perhaps. I tend to paint female portraits as I feel it is my homage to woman empowerment… I want women specially to feel a connection to my murals because I feel the size of my portraits is a correlation with the movement happening now. I hope they take away from my art the encouragement to be brave and feel comfortable expressing themselves. There have been many instances I have been undermined because I am an independent and outspoken woman street artist. If I had ever let this discourage me I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere. But we are all always growing and I still push myself every day to just keep DOING what I feel called to do.
How can artists connect with other artists?
The life of an artist can be a gamble. Unlike, say, a career in sports; there isn’t a stream lined path to success. You as an artist are out here representing Yourself, and if you are lucky you may have a team of people trying to help you succeed but it’s not always guaranteed! My best advice for an artist wanting to connect with other artists is to become involved with your local art community by physically setting up your art at art walks or curating your own art events. Setting up your own event gives you an opportunity to create an atmosphere you create and can reach out to other artists to get involved.
Everyone can feel lonely at times. With art solitude is essential sometimes to focus on yourself, what you are feeling and how you are going to express it. Every event I am at with my art, or every festival I am live painting a mural at I am always reminded why I am doing what I do and why I have spent so much time working on my craft by myself- there is always someone or many people who recognize my style and come up to give me a hug and warm my heart with stories about the last time they saw my work or me painting. I just want to say how I appreciate this so much because I paint to express what I feel, but also to encourage others to do the same. The more involved with a community you are, the more you will be surprised how you touch other’s lives- and this will never make you feel alone because there’s a whole bunch of people out there wanting to connect and support others just as much.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
All of my artwork can be found on my Facebook and Instagram: @Sampl3s. I can be messaged or emailed through there for a specific canvas, print or I can paint a custom piece for anyone that wishes!
I have painted murals in Miami at the Wynwood Lodge and in Fort Lauderdale for Secret Garden events at Mass District. I have many murals inside a warehouse my friends and I curate events at in Jacksonville, Florida. The warehouse is located across the street from Everbank stadium. Every event is posted via my Instagram (@Sampl3s) to the Club Shed Collective Facebook page, where we invite the public to come check out our newest murals of the month and dance to original music created by hardworking producers as well.
- Phone: (904)557-3597
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/sampl3s/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/sampl3sart/