Today I sat down with local artist, and instructor here at Alla Prima, Samantha Jean Simmons. We laughed, we sat together quietly and awkwardly, and connected on a level that only those that have gone through the gauntlet of art school can understand. Here are the highlights of my conversation with this gem of a human being.
When do you first remember making art?
Umm…Probably 4 years or 5 years old? I spent a lot of time at my Nana’s house (she’s an artist), and she always had us with Play-Doh in our hands, finger painting, or watching Bob Ross. So I was really little when I started painting.
What inspires you to create?
That changes constantly. It could be anything from my surroundings to my emotions. Currently the thing that’s inspiring me the most is the time I spent out in New Mexico and West Texas, and their landscapes. I’m also very nostalgic right now… a lot of my heritage and family roots are coming through in my subject matter.
Organic art or art based in order?
I like things more organic. I appreciate structure and a great concept behind a piece, but I love the fluidness of seeing something raw happen.
Desert island. One art medium. What do you have?
Watercolor could be one I would always use.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Getting to see people be excited about the things they’re creating. Also, when you take the training wheels off and you can see them visibly proud of what they’ve created. That moment after the self doubt has left and witnessing that gleaming moment of “Wait…I did that!”
Do you see art having a place in the rest of your life?
It will always be my biggest passion in life… I can see it always sustaining a career for me in some form. That form may change, but art and a passion for what I do will always be in the forefront of all my decision making.
There you have it! A local artist grown and cultivated in an artistic environment. We are so happy to have Samantha Jean in our studio and hope that you drop by and meet her soon. Here’s to artists supporting artists and bringing our passion to the community in a fun and approachable way.