Samantha James – Contemporary Artist

Samantha JamesBorn in South Wales, Sam’s childhood was spent in the picturesque Monmouthshire countryside. Riding horses from a young age and helping the local farmer, she fell in love with nature, animals and the beautiful British landscape.

Sam’s father, Richard Wills, is a very successful contemporary artist so painting is in her blood. She grew up immersed in a world of art, watching her father paint daily, and she was encouraged to explore her creativity and develop her own style to represent the world around her.

“My father has always been my inspiration and I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work alongside him and share in his knowledge and expertise.”

Sam earned a graduate diploma in Theatre Design from the Welsh College of Music and Drama before leaving for London to work as a teacher, where she used her creative talents to inspire children of all ages. After nearly twenty years, Sam and her husband decided to relocate the family to Regency Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds, to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life.

Life in the Country

Reintroduced to her childhood love of riding, Sam and her daughter enjoy hacking out as often as they can. It wasn’t long before Sam wanted to capture her daughter’s pony, Amos, and his cheeky personality on canvas combining a life-like representation with a sense of humour, creating a fabulous original piece of art.

Since then, Sam has been commissioned to paint all sorts of animals, with her clients wanting a painting encapsulating the personality and character of their much-loved pets. Sam’s passion is painting horses and she has been lucky enough to do commissions for many local horse trainers and breeders.

“I’ve never thought life should be taken that seriously and I have no intention of starting now.”

Sam’s ethos is to create Quirky, Fresh Contemporary Art allowing her clients to possess original pieces by a contemporary artist they are proud to display.  She has recently started digitally altering some of her paintings with added humour for printed cards, posters and other household items.