Imagine form being taken, broken into its elements and reimagined into an abstract but fascinating image in oil on canvas.
This is the world and craft of Michael Sampson, who I had the great pleasure of talking with today. I found a quiet man with a passion about his art who wanted to be able to communicate to the greater world about who he is, and what makes him so fulfilled when creating his art.
For those who don't realize, an artist doesn't just create images - he or she pours a bit of their soul into the art; not only portraying the image but reflecting a bit of themselves on to the canvas. It is a delicate balance to be sure, but one he carries off beautifully.
Click Here for an example of a few of his works once displayed at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). There is a substance to his work that goes beyond just size and enters the world of altered perception and beauty.
I am no art critic. I am a photographer who works on an emotional plane, and Michael is an abstractist (my own word) who has a totally different interpretation of what may be the same subject. I DO, however, know what I like, and a few of Michael's pieces speak to me brilliantly at a gut level.
This brings to mind an idea... I would love to find a scene, then interpret it my way while Michael interprets it his own way. Let's add a few more artists, photographers, sculptors and combine our talents into a single show - called "Variations on a Theme". What a concept!
For more information on the very talented Michael Sampson, visit michaelfsampson.com
Until next time...