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Unseen Realities Exhibition Flyer by Sammy Ann


day dreamer. mother. lover of the sun and surf. explorer, admirer, adventurist. ARTIST. owner of permanently salty hair. 

What three words would you use to describe your work?

Feminine, Flowing & Ethereal.

How did you get started?

Painting and creating have always been a big part of my life. I was crazy about art all throughout school, so it goes without saying that I chose to study a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Monash University. This degree ignited a passion within me to explore my place in the world while also showcasing the beauty of our planet. However, my journey into becoming a full-time artist did not begin until Melbourne's first lockdown in 2020. Being new to the area, I had no family or friends close by. So the kids and I spent week after week exploring our local beach. It was during these quiet moments that I pulled my old sketchbook out and started to draw. It felt so good to have something that was mine to accomplish during the day. Later on, when the kids were napping, I picked up the paint brushes and began to paint my memories of the day. Some days I would get to paint for hours, others only for minutes. But it was my time, and I cherished it. Day after day, slowly and steadily, I started to explore my artistic voice again and grew the confidence to start showing and selling my work and sharing my work. 

Fast forward to today; I now work as an artist. Through passion and dedication, I have found my signature style and carved out a place for myself in the world of art. I now sell my work both on my own website and through stockists in Australia and America. I have been selected for the Southern Buoy Landscape Prize and have had many exciting exhibitions—all such massive highlights for me!


What inspires you?

My work is driven by my fascination with the ocean and the many different layers and places it inhabits. I'm inspired by the marine life that lives under the waves and also by the ways in which people engage in activities around the ocean and water.


What does your painting process look like?

In my larger pieces, I tend to use a fusion of soft layers and swirling marks to evoke depth within my work, drawing inspiration from the very essence of the ocean—the water (tides, swells, movement). My creations delve into subtle patterns and textures while also experimenting with the interplay of light and water. Distinguished by pops of vibrant hues, complimentary swirling accents of colours, and a typical 'birds-eye view' perspective. They tend to showcase different marine animals or the ways in which people engage in activities around the water. Her smaller pieces are a study of the ocean creatures that dwell beneath the waves. They are inspired by her time spent snorkelling, diving, and paddleboarding on the water.

What is your long-term goal?

My practice is continually evolving and changing as I continue on this journey to discover more and more aspects of myself and my creativity to share with the world. My long-term objective is to keep fostering this love of experimentation and discovery within my work. Keep following my creativity wherever it leads me, and through this, keep forging more and more links with individuals to the ocean my art. I hope you enjoy my work!

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