Sea of Gray!
Three Feet Below. Oil on canvas, 2012

Parlez-Vous Samantha French?

My new favorite find came just in time for our universal Splash into Summer, though I swear it’s not a seasonal fondness. Samantha French is doing something I haven’t seen in any art lately, figural representation in water depicted as dynamically as those who move through it.

Slow Rise, Five Feet. Oil on canvas, 2012.

The way she paints her subjects is reminiscent of Eric Fischl’s current work, though more spirited and alive. The water enhances a playful dappling of light. It makes them so fun to look at!

Backflip.  Oil on canvas, 2012

I spent many summer days in a pool as a child (didn’t we all?). I distinctly remember the way my sister’s hair used to flow out behind her like an angel, and how the light danced around her tan skin. We are so beautiful underwater.

Dive in; Float. Oil on Canvas, 2012

Colony Palms. Oil on canvas, 2012.

French’s words about her work:

Using vague yet consuming memories from my childhood summers spent immersed in the tepid lakes of northern Minnesota, I attempt to recreate the quiet tranquility of water and nature; of days spent sinking and floating, still and peaceful. These paintings are… my escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day.

Three Feet Below. Oil on canvas, 2012

It has been such a pleasure looking at these. I hope you agree.

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This entry was published on May 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm. It’s filed under Art, Beauty, Culture, Nature, Painting, Summer and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Parlez-Vous Samantha French?

  1. They are really beautiful. good for soul.

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