One of Samantha Claar’s joys is hearing the stories that the Gullah folks tell you when you look at their portraits. “These people have stories they want to share, so look for a long, loving relationship with these Gullah folk.”
The simplicity and domesticity portrayed in the art create a sense of beauty that is parallels in many ways to the life of the artist. Ms. Claar resides on Tybee Island and was well known for her TybeeCats art before beginning the Gullah Living series. In her multi-faceted artwork she uses vivid colors and her philosophy is … “life is a canvas we are applying color to.” She paints “everything that will stand still long enough.” This includes canvas, houses, furniture, murals, fences, cars, cartoons and fabric.
Ms. Claar has been painting since the mid 90’s. She is the daughter of an artist, and credits her years of “MotherArt”, with teaching her “enough to be confident in my own style”.