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In July, the Council for the Arts showcased the work of Archdale artist, Jeremy Sams. Jeremy has shown his work throughout the southeastern US, but always comes back to his home state of North Carolina. His work has an almost photo-realistic quality to it, though he often plays with light and darkness to suggest a feeling or evoke a memory in his viewers. Jeremy often paints prominent North Carolina landscapes, celebrating the beauty of his own familiar surroundings.

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Working most often with acrylics, Jeremy began painting in the Plein Air style in 2011. Jeremy was willing to teach a Plein Air Workshop at the Council in July, which filled up within three hours of registration opening! We’re glad to have had the opportunity to exhibit Jeremy’s work, and we look forward to working with him again in the future.

Now read about the artist in his own words…

  Jeremy Sams - plein air painter

Jeremy Sams’ Bio

As a representational artist who works in acrylics, my primary goal is to capture on canvas the wonder and awe of God’s creation along with the scene’s emotional impact. In order to achieve this, it is of utmost importance for me to spend time studying and painting the particular scene on location, en plein air: to experience the sounds, the smells, the cool breeze or the humid air, and the movements of wind and shadows. All of these elements play a role in the emotional reaction we may have to a particular place. I’m most often moved by the dance of light and shadow in a scene along with the varying color temperatures in the atmosphere that fills the space between the object and myself.

I try with every finished work to maintain the integrity of the scene, while at the same time, breathing life into it. The challenge is often not to recreate every little detail, but to merely offer a suggestion so as to not lose the primary focus. If I can do this and achieve a desired emotional reaction within the viewer, then I consider it a successful painting.

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