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Visual Art – Phoenix, AZ

Artist: Samantha Edwards Age: 26 Location: Phoenix, AZ Medium: Watercolor & Acrylic Focus/Subject: The human condition When asked to define myself as an artist, I struggle for a perfectly fitting word. My style has a substantial range which, admittedly can be a little overwhelming at first. I began my art career in August 2018. I dove in, head first and with an overflowing energy. I haven't yet had any formal education on Visual art but for almost a year I spent each and every day buried in some type of creative/instructional literature at Barnes & Noble from just after noon until they closed. I was taken completely by surprise with my hunger for more and more knowledge about art in all its forms, bouncing from watercolor, acrylic & perspective instructional/cultural material to odds & end origami, woodworking, collage making, calligraphy & hand lettering. If I became a little burnt out on the educational text, I switched to poetry, performing arts, photography, human accomplishment & acknowledgement & poetry. Every day I got a little more curious, gained a little more understanding and ability and ultimately more confidence in myself as being a woman who, not only loved, but excelled with anything creative. I began setting up a table at the in- store coffee shop and practicing my newly learned information, never once imagining I would be able to make a career of it. One afternoon I was approached by another Barnes regular who asked if I was an artist and could they look at my completed work. Starting a snowball effect more and more people approached me to either ask questions or watch me paint and occasionally someone would love a piece and ask to buy it. I started selling my art works for $5.00 each and overtime gradually increasing my prices based on their individual difficulty, size, medium & length of time spent during creation. I learned very quickly which subject matter sold to which buyer, what prices were seen as reasonable, underpriced or too high and I made adjustments when necessary. I don't know exactly what made that process so easy, almost second nature, to me but I was amazed to see the amount of success I had during my first year. My passion & love for art is transparent across the board with me and I enjoy so much putting every ounce of heart I have into each piece I'm working on. Since fall 2018 I have flourished as a full-time artist both in my personal & financial life which, prior to then was not something I experienced regularly. My life has been a rollercoaster ride due to my continuous tug-of-war relationship with Borderline Personality Disorder and the only reason I feel it necessary to mention here is simply because of the thanks I owe to art itself and all the wonderful people I have in my support group or have met in the art community who teach, support & encourage me to continue pushing for greatness. I found a healthy and productive outlet for my emotion and have been able to make a complete 180 degree turn in my life. Life is complex and beautiful and passionate and for some reason I see it differently than everyone else. Art in all of its amazing forms is the only thing I understand. This is the world, through my eyes. I hope you see something I've created that speaks to you. ...more