Ever inspired by his immediate environment, Sam lives with his young family in the countryside of Margaret River, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne, Sam worked intermittently as a Research Assistant at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, for a period of seventeen years. During the late 1990’s he became aware of the important aspects of painting through the teachings of abstract expressionist Yvonne Audette. Teaching Sam the relative simplicity and importance of shapes and structure within paintings to convey spatial depth, has given him an understanding of works ranging from Rembrant to Cezanne.

Since moving to Western Australia Sam has pursued his art as a full-time career. During the past ten years he has travelled and painted throughout most parts of WA, soaking up the diversity of the landscape. More recently, he has finished building his granite house to spend time with his family.

In 1991 Sam won the Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition and following this won the Campbell Rotary Travel Award in 1992, enabling him to travel throughout Russia and Europe. He has held 18 solo exhibitions in a diverse range of media, including oils, acrylics, watercolours, etchings and pastels.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Melbourne University

Recent Awards

2012    Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the South West Survey, WA
2010    Highly Commended Camberwell Rotary Art Show, Victoria
1992    Winner of the Camberwell Rotary Travel Grant Award
1991    Winner of the Victorian Artists Society Spring Exhibition.

Publications

2006    Scoop Magazine, Western Australia
2003    Australian Artist, June
2000    Pastel Artist International, June
2000    Australian Artist, March