I am entranced by Samantha French’s art work. She captures the peaceful and tranquil memories of being in and out of the water, which are some of my most favorite moments. Most of the images are from her vague memories  growing up. She describes her paintings as:  “a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake.  They are my escape, a subtle reprieve from the day-to-day.”

If you are drawn to water like I am, then beware, you may not be able to look away.

Slow Rise by Samantha French

Somersalt by Samantha French

Palm Springs by Samantha French

What I like most about her images is the sense of complete absorption in and around the water. There is nothing else in these moments she paints, but the  soundless blue waves. Even above the water is a stillness that you, as the viewer, are able to soak in. There is something rejuvenating about her art with the soft blue waters illuminated by refracted sunlight, the peacefulness in the faces of her swimmers, and a lightness that comes with relaxing in these moments.

Samantha French is successful in sharing these blissful pieces in time and I am inspired to go find myself in a pool or lake. These moments seem so close when I view them, she has really given the world a piece of beauty to hang on the walls.

 


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