Hello, my name is Sam Sartorius. I have been a professional artist for 36 years. Painting and creating art has been my lifelong passion. Here is a nutshell version of my journey.
My professional career in the arts started when I was nineteen. I was given the opportunity to design textiles for a national ladies accessory firm in Dallas, Ginnie Johansen Designs. An adventure for over a decade in textile and fashion design while traveling across the globe.
I left textile design to earn my BFA in painting. I graduated Indiana University at Perdue University top honors, being named the Chancellor’s scholar. I held the highest GPA and won the opportunity to study for a month in China at the Hunan Normal University. I was also fortunate to receive many fellowships and grants to set up studios in locations ranging from the Berkshire mountains to Central Europe. My favorites pilgrimages were to Vermont Studio Center, Soho New York and a residency at the Egon Schiele Art Centrum in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic for eight months.
The last nine years I have been working for an upscale decorative finisher and historical restoration company, Kevin Davis Wall Artisans. A way to work in the arts while pursuing my personal goals as a fine arts painter. This February 2018, I let go of my safety net in order to "run naked through the daisies". I have opened up a 1200 square foot studio to produce a large body of work intended for solo travel exhibitions. I have given myself the gift of time, space and opportunity to realize my dream.
Present time for my art is about setting roots and turning inward. A soulful path that requires looking with fresh eyes. Reinventing. I’m more in tune with symbolism and a birds-eye perspective while getting inspiration from nature. Using the tools I learned from the past while bringing a new approach and fresh energy. I still hold on to developing my work through a series of drawing and painted layers. This process gives way to a deeper meaning while delivering richer color and surface texture.
My passion is large format canvases because it challenges me to be bold and brave. Large format require more of everything: energy, space, time and materials. However, the reward, when it all comes together, is an amazing feeling of accomplishment. In addition, I paint more intimate sizes because I’m free to take risk and experiment. Smaller formats have smaller problems to solve. Each size informs the other.
Nature is my power station. It's a place for observation, imagination and contemplation. A space where the soul comes out to play with wide-eyed wonder. The landscape also provides an energy that radiates calm and balance. The restorative vibrations that feel good to be in and around.