Today we’re talking to Sam Sidney. We first discovered Sam when she ordered our wallpaper through her talented interior designer, Wendy Mauro. Have you seen Sam’s work? Her refreshing style and aesthetic is something we just had to share. Our “Meet the Artist” series has been inspiring for us (and we hope YOU) to try something new! Everyone has their own unique technique and medium in creating art, take some time to find yours. We love her advice on being true to yourself and to do what you love! Be sure to follow her @samsidney and her see more of her work here.
CB: What or who inspires you in your daily work?
SS: I am inspired on a daily basis by home, my family and especially my children. Our house is full of light and color. Its an open clean space and I have created a small studio space in the center hallway of my home. I must pass my desk hundreds of times during the day. There’s always a stack of fresh white paper on top and jars of colorful markers. It’s impossible to not take a seat and do little drawing. My children love drawing as well, so sitting down at the kitchen table to draw is something that happens more often than not.
CB: When did you know you had a natural talent in this field?
SS: Ever since I can remember I have wanted to be an artist. My parents are both very talented and creative. My dad is an illustrator and an excellent photographer. My mom is a wonderful knitter and always busy with her hands, creating something. They always instilled in me the importance of the arts. I grew up outside New York City and we would head into Manhattan nearly every weekend to see off broadway shows, visit art galleries and go to antique markets. My grandmother had a booth at the Antique Garage in Chelsea and we would visit her often on weekends. From a young age, I was taught to see creativity all around me.
CB: How or what do you do to get started on a project?
SS: I usually have a project or 2 on my list. Sometimes it’s hard to get started especially since I work from home. It’s easy to be distracted by laundry, walking the dogs or tidying up. Once I sit down, I get lost in my drawings and time just goes. I am always humbled when I get a new order. It makes me so happy that people appreciate my work.
CB: Is there any particular piece of work that has been especially meaningful to you?
SS: I recently drew a pair of fish for a local designer. Her sons love fishing and travel all of the southeast fishing. They commissioned a Spotted Sea Trout and Red Fish. This was so outside of anything I have done before. But I was up for the challenge and truly love how it came out. I have another fish drawing on the list; a large 32″ piece of a shark and I am really excited to get started.
CB: Is there any advice you have for someone looking to get into this field?
SS: As silly as it sounds, my advice would be to do what you love and keep working on it. I have tried other mediums like photography and painting and it never works. Drawing is what feels right to me, so I know that is where I belong. I would also say to not get caught up in trying to be famous or the most popular and just chug along. People will love you for who you are and sometimes slow and steady really wins the race.
CB: What is the most fun project you have been a part of?
SS: This summer I had a pop up shop with the amazing design company Pencil & Paper Co. They are based in Nashville. It was fun collaborating with another southern style brand. I am a huge fan of their aesthetic and style. I created 40 original drawings which were for sale over a week. It was challenging to create all the drawings but exciting to follow the sale and see them sold one by one. It was exciting for a company which I admire to think the same back.
CB: What starts the fall season for you (pumpkin spice latte, apple picking, sweaters)?
SS: I grew up in New York, so of course fall is one of my favorite seasons. I have so many memories as a child going apple picking, trick or treating with a turtle neck under my costume and coming in for hot cocoa after playing outside. Living in Charleston, South Carolin, falls are a little different. I am counting the days until sweater weather. I am thinking just a few more weeks. The first weekend of October we usually start decorating for Halloween which is definitely one of my favorite holidays. I can’t wait to wear some boots, sweaters and jeans. Hoping its not much longer.