Samantha Reynolds is a mixed media artist who creates paintings, collages, and fiber works. Drawing from memories, dreams, the mystical and odd, a mixture of various items and textures are integrated into her work. Samantha graduated from California State University Long Beach with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is currently based in Southern California where she is currently accepting commissions and new clients for private lessons.
I’ve always searched for magic in the ordinary. Influenced by magical realism, history and lore, Victorian sensibilities and decoupage while also drawing from memories, vivid dreams, and familial stories. Then otherworldly creations stemming from reality emerge. Various items such as glass, fabric, scraps of paper, foils, beads and other found items are integrated into my work creating tactile mixed media paintings, collages and fiber works unique to the experience they represent.
Starting with a sketch or reference for a new piece, I’ll select the type of structure the piece will be on first. While contemplating the direction of the piece I’ll choose material from my crow’s nest of items that remind me of the subject or feel like a suitable addition to the story I plan to tell. Then it becomes a call and response between the material, the subject, and the initial sketch or reference photo. Each element plays off of each other and are in constant dialogue.
The longing for moments that have since passed is a major component in my work. While moments of discord and profound sadness are acknowledged and given a space to exist, treasured memories are also sought for and memorialized in paintings as a way to hold on fleeting moments a little longer before they fade into obscurity.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting, California State University, Long Beach
Treasured Moments, Online exhibition, Arts to Hearts; March 2022
Dreamland, Online exhibition, Arts to Hearts; 2021
The Sketchbook Show, Flatline Gallery, Long Beach, CA; March 2020
Homesick for Another Time, Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach, CA; February- March 2020
The Twelve Days of CATmas, Salon Medusa, Long Beach, CA; December 2019
Solo Showcase, Salon Medusa, Long Beach, CA; April 2019
Where the Toads Go, El Dorado Nature Center, Long Beach, CA; March 2019
Insights, University Art Museum, CSULB, Long Beach, CA; May 2018
Everything Must Go, Max L. Gatov Gallery, CSULB, Long Beach, CA; April 2018 – May 2018
Displacement, Max L. Gatov Gallery West, CSULB, Long Beach, CA; February 2018
Drawing & Painting Capstone Showcase, Enrollment Services, Long Beach, CA; 2017
ONE: Mind, Body, Spirit, Mujeres de Maiz, Self Help Graphics and Art, Los Angeles, CA; 2016
Noche Cultura, CSULB Centro Salud es Cultura, Long Beach, CA; 2015
Grants and Awards
Provost Purchase Award- Insights, University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach, Long Beach, CA; May 2018