Born in the Seattle area on May 19,1958, Sam White started drawing in the 2nd grade with friends from school. The boys would copy comics from the paper such as Peanuts, Popeye, and Casper the Friendly Ghost. Sam also made frequent visits to a lady in the “Projects” in South Seattle. Together they would do crafts, painting, and drawing. White was inspired and from that moved into creating his own bold outlines and filling them in with intense colors. This bold and creative use of color provided a outlet for strong emotional escape from the devastating realities of an abusive and broken family life. When placed into foster care at the age of 12, White turned to his foster family for support of his art. “They knew it was what would help me graduate” White remembers. “I might have flunked out without it. I took all the art classes and got all A’s which balanced out the rest of my GPA.” White remained in foster care until he graduated from High School in 1976. Al Kollar, the high school art teacher saw White’s talent and gave him the support that allowed his personal vision to blossom. White began experimenting with drawing faces in an abstract impressionistic style.
‘Sam The Artist’ has evolved and has had many showings. White’s large faces were recently displayed in the store fronts of Kendall Yards , while construction was being completed. As you drove along , you were greeted by the personalities from the bight faces created by Sam White. He has shown his art at the Marmot Art Gallery and been seen on the streets at Market Night and many First Fridays . White loves to be involved with many venues where artists gather along with galleries where there are private showings! White also donates to many organizations as he feels a deep connection with community is important. White spends as much time as possible doing what he loves, painting!! White is also a loving father of five and grandfather of 10 and resides with his lady in Spokane.
Other samples of artwork by Sam White
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