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Samantha French

Samantha French, who sells her delicately detailed oil paintings and prints on Etsy,  graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her paintings show a strong connection to her Minnesota lifestyle and memories. Her canvases are startlingly realistic – seemingly a collage between childhood photographs and fictional details. She is a full time painter and keeps a studio in NYC.

Samantha French, Refresh: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Refresh: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

“My current body of work is focused on swimmers underwater and above. 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 a link to my home and continual search for the feeling of the sun on my face and warm summer days at the lake. At the same time, I am drawn to an idealistic time before my own, where swim caps and wool swimsuits were commonplace. This combination of memory, observation and photography (old and new) has allowed me to preserve the transitory qualities of water and remembrance.”

Samantha French, Slow breathing: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Slow breathing: 16×20″ Archival Print – Signed

Samantha French, Dark Waters, 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Dark Waters: 16x20" Archival Print - Signed

Remember when summers meant the glistening of sun against cool water and the slow drying of chlorine on your skin? Can you recall the hazy memory of arid heat usurped by a quick and cool relief of a dive into a pool? Oh to be young and carefree in the summertime! 

Inspired by Samantha French

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Keren Veisblatt Toledano is a Senior Strategist at Brooklyn United, a digital agency for bold brands. In her spare time, Keren can usually be found taking photos of old doors, visiting museum, soaking in Epsom salts, admiring copper pots, reading dystopian science fiction or sneaking a slice of lemon into her drinks. Her motto is, “A morning without coffee is sleep.” She lives in a brownstone with her cat, Cagney, husband, Michael, and son, Josiah, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY.

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