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SHARAN L. SAMUELS

SHARAN L. SAMUELS

Artist Work

Blue Ridge Parkway Barn
2011
oil on canvas
24" x 30"

Artist Information

County
Carroll County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

S. L. Samuels paints upbeat, cheerful scenes of everyday life along with exteriors and interiors all depicting scenes that encourage the viewer to relax. An oil painter who doesn’t feel the need to suffer for her art, she believes that creating art is a joy and occasional struggle is only part of the learning process. She fashions work that reflects her positive outlook. Influenced by Norman Rockwell’s sense of fun and Americana, Sharan loves to capture people being themselves. She, at times, will use exaggerated color to take what might otherwise be an ordinary scene into something striking. With a strong use of harmony, Sharan’s work is cheerful, playful, and oftentimes humorous. The viewer may recognize the scene, having been there before in their own lives. Her work invites the viewer to place themselves in the scene, perhaps with a favorite drink and a book. Lighthearted, serene and with a rich, vibrant color, she conveys an upbeat, yet relaxing point of view. Impressed by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sharan read a quote by her teacher Arthur Wesley Dow who’s central precept of “filling a space in a beautiful way”. This resonated and was a major factor in forming her philosophy about art. Not feeling the need to make social statements or to bare her soul, she simply wants to bring joy to the viewer. “I feel that our homes are our sanctuaries where we escape the hectic world and should come home to things that help us relax and feel good. That’s what my paintings are for. I want the viewer to see the painting and feel their mood lift. If I can accomplish that, I consider myself successful.”S. L. Samuels paints upbeat, cheerful scenes of everyday life along with exteriors and interiors all depicting scenes that encourage the viewer to relax. An oil painter who doesn’t feel the need to suffer for her art, she believes that creating art is a joy and occasional struggle is only part of the learning process. She fashions work that reflects her positive outlook. Influenced by Norman Rockwell’s sense of fun and Americana, Sharan loves to capture people being themselves. She, at times, will use exaggerated color to take what might otherwise be an ordinary scene into something striking. With a strong use of harmony, Sharan’s work is cheerful, playful, and oftentimes humorous. The viewer may recognize the scene, having been there before in their own lives. Her work invites the viewer to place themselves in the scene, perhaps with a favorite drink and a book. Lighthearted, serene and with a rich, vibrant color, she conveys an upbeat, yet relaxing point of view. Impressed by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sharan read a quote by her teacher Arthur Wesley Dow who’s central precept of “filling a space in a beautiful way”. This resonated and was a major factor in forming her philosophy about art. Not feeling the need to make social statements or to bare her soul, she simply wants to bring joy to the viewer. “I feel that our homes are our sanctuaries where we escape the hectic world and should come home to things that help us relax and feel good. That’s what my paintings are for. I want the viewer to see the painting and feel their mood lift. If I can accomplish that, I consider myself successful.”S. L. Samuels paints upbeat, cheerful scenes of everyday life along with exteriors and interiors all depicting scenes that encourage the viewer to relax. An oil painter who doesn’t feel the need to suffer for her art, she believes that creating art is a joy and occasional struggle is only part of the learning process. She fashions work that reflects her positive outlook. Influenced by Norman Rockwell’s sense of fun and Americana, Sharan loves to capture people being themselves. She, at times, will use exaggerated color to take what might otherwise be an ordinary scene into something striking. With a strong use of harmony, Sharan’s work is cheerful, playful, and oftentimes humorous. The viewer may recognize the scene, having been there before in their own lives. Her work invites the viewer to place themselves in the scene, perhaps with a favorite drink and a book. Lighthearted, serene and with a rich, vibrant color, she conveys an upbeat, yet relaxing point of view. Impressed by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sharan read a quote by her teacher Arthur Wesley Dow who’s central precept of “filling a space in a beautiful way”. This resonated and was a major factor in forming her philosophy about art. Not feeling the need to make social statements or to bare her soul, she simply wants to bring joy to the viewer. “I feel that our homes are our sanctuaries where we escape the hectic world and should come home to things that help us relax and feel good. That’s what my paintings are for. I want the viewer to see the painting and feel their mood lift. If I can accomplish that, I consider myself successful.”S. L. Samuels paints upbeat, cheerful scenes of everyday life along with exteriors and interiors all depicting scenes that encourage the viewer to relax. An oil painter who doesn’t feel the need to suffer for her art, she believes that creating art is a joy and occasional struggle is only part of the learning process. She fashions work that reflects her positive outlook. Influenced by Norman Rockwell’s sense of fun and Americana, Sharan loves to capture people being themselves. She, at times, will use exaggerated color to take what might otherwise be an ordinary scene into something striking. With a strong use of harmony, Sharan’s work is cheerful, playful, and oftentimes humorous. The viewer may recognize the scene, having been there before in their own lives. Her work invites the viewer to place themselves in the scene, perhaps with a favorite drink and a book. Lighthearted, serene and with a rich, vibrant color, she conveys an upbeat, yet relaxing point of view. Impressed by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sharan read a quote by her teacher Arthur Wesley Dow who’s central precept of “filling a space in a beautiful way”. This resonated and was a major factor in forming her philosophy about art. Not feeling the need to make social statements or to bare her soul, she simply wants to bring joy to the viewer. “I feel that our homes are our sanctuaries where we escape the hectic world and should come home to things that help us relax and feel good. That’s what my paintings are for. I want the viewer to see the painting and feel their mood lift. If I can accomplish that, I consider myself successful.”S. L. Samuels paints upbeat, cheerful scenes of everyday life along with exteriors and interiors all depicting scenes that encourage the viewer to relax. An oil painter who doesn’t feel the need to suffer for her art, she believes that creating art is a joy and occasional struggle is only part of the learning process. She fashions work that reflects her positive outlook. Influenced by Norman Rockwell’s sense of fun and Americana, Sharan loves to capture people being themselves. She, at times, will use exaggerated color to take what might otherwise be an ordinary scene into something striking. With a strong use of harmony, Sharan’s work is cheerful, playful, and oftentimes humorous. The viewer may recognize the scene, having been there before in their own lives. Her work invites the viewer to place themselves in the scene, perhaps with a favorite drink and a book. Lighthearted, serene and with a rich, vibrant color, she conveys an upbeat, yet relaxing point of view. Impressed by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sharan read a quote by her teacher Arthur Wesley Dow who’s central precept of “filling a space in a beautiful way”. This resonated and was a major factor in forming her philosophy about art. Not feeling the need to make social statements or to bare her soul, she simply wants to bring joy to the viewer. “I feel that our homes are our sanctuaries where we escape the hectic world and should come home to things that help us relax and feel good. That’s what my paintings are for. I want the viewer to see the painting and feel their mood lift. If I can accomplish that, I consider myself successful.”

Artist Bio

Sharan L. Samuels was born in Baltimore but spent most of her life in South Florida, returning finally to central Maryland. After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Sharan also studied at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Carroll Community College and The Delaplaine Art Center.

With a desire to share her view of the uniqueness, humor and beauty of everyday life, Sharan paints ‘slice of life’ genre or narrative style paintings and works on concepts in series, thereby exploring an idea in a variety of ways. It is her aspiration to paint scenes that cause the viewer to smile with recognition, having seen them before and sometimes recognizing themselves in them or just wanting to 'be there'. Using photography to compose her paintings, Sharan travels with her camera, shooting thousands of pictures. Sifting through to find the gems, she then uses them as references to tell the story on canvas. Upbeat in nature, she creates paintings that reflect her positive outlook on life and people.Sharan L. Samuels was born in Baltimore but spent most of her life in South Florida, returning finally to central Maryland. After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Sharan also studied at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Carroll Community College and The Delaplaine Art Center.

With a desire to share her view of the uniqueness, humor and beauty of everyday life, Sharan paints ‘slice of life’ genre or narrative style paintings and works on concepts in series, thereby exploring an idea in a variety of ways. It is her aspiration to paint scenes that cause the viewer to smile with recognition, having seen them before and sometimes recognizing themselves in them or just wanting to 'be there'. Using photography to compose her paintings, Sharan travels with her camera, shooting thousands of pictures. Sifting through to find the gems, she then uses them as references to tell the story on canvas. Upbeat in nature, she creates paintings that reflect her positive outlook on life and people.Sharan L. Samuels was born in Baltimore but spent most of her life in South Florida, returning finally to central Maryland. After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Sharan also studied at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Carroll Community College and The Delaplaine Art Center.

With a desire to share her view of the uniqueness, humor and beauty of everyday life, Sharan paints ‘slice of life’ genre or narrative style paintings and works on concepts in series, thereby exploring an idea in a variety of ways. It is her aspiration to paint scenes that cause the viewer to smile with recognition, having seen them before and sometimes recognizing themselves in them or just wanting to 'be there'. Using photography to compose her paintings, Sharan travels with her camera, shooting thousands of pictures. Sifting through to find the gems, she then uses them as references to tell the story on canvas. Upbeat in nature, she creates paintings that reflect her positive outlook on life and people.Sharan L. Samuels was born in Baltimore but spent most of her life in South Florida, returning finally to central Maryland. After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Sharan also studied at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Carroll Community College and The Delaplaine Art Center.

With a desire to share her view of the uniqueness, humor and beauty of everyday life, Sharan paints ‘slice of life’ genre or narrative style paintings and works on concepts in series, thereby exploring an idea in a variety of ways. It is her aspiration to paint scenes that cause the viewer to smile with recognition, having seen them before and sometimes recognizing themselves in them or just wanting to 'be there'. Using photography to compose her paintings, Sharan travels with her camera, shooting thousands of pictures. Sifting through to find the gems, she then uses them as references to tell the story on canvas. Upbeat in nature, she creates paintings that reflect her positive outlook on life and people.Sharan L. Samuels was born in Baltimore but spent most of her life in South Florida, returning finally to central Maryland. After obtaining a degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Sharan also studied at The Coral Springs Museum of Art, Carroll Community College and The Delaplaine Art Center.

With a desire to share her view of the uniqueness, humor and beauty of everyday life, Sharan paints ‘slice of life’ genre or narrative style paintings and works on concepts in series, thereby exploring an idea in a variety of ways. It is her aspiration to paint scenes that cause the viewer to smile with recognition, having seen them before and sometimes recognizing themselves in them or just wanting to 'be there'. Using photography to compose her paintings, Sharan travels with her camera, shooting thousands of pictures. Sifting through to find the gems, she then uses them as references to tell the story on canvas. Upbeat in nature, she creates paintings that reflect her positive outlook on life and people.