About Me

Samantha Long is a crazy detail-obsessed artist who loves patterns, bright colors, and whimsy. She grew up in Utah Valley with her left-brained accountant mother and her right-brained musician father. She therefore states that her brain is equally balanced. She started taking art lessons at the age of 10 with fine artist Monique DeWitt and continued taking forever on assignments right through high school. Samantha then went on to study Illustration at Brigham Young University under Christopher Thornock, Robert Barrett, and Bethanne Andersen. While at BYU, Samantha took a History of Clothing course that fostered her love of period habiliments, especially from Byzantium to the 18th century. She also completed an internship with artists Sherrie McGraw and David Leffel.

 

A draftsman at heart, Samantha’s process relies heavily on her early drawing training. She begins with a detailed line drawing which she scans and transfers to a panel with Nupastel. Next she washes over the surface with gouache, lifting up the gouache on the light shapes. After affixing the gouache with workable fixatif, she applies oil paint on top in a sort of ‘paint by number’ fashion. Lastly she fleshes out the areas in several layers. Describing this process, Samantha says, “When I studied with Sherrie McGraw, she told me that I don’t paint; I draw with paint. While I was discouraged by that comment at first, I decided to embrace my nature and now ‘draw with paint’ full time.” 

 

Samantha Long currently lives in American Fork, Utah with an empty guinea pig cage, an orderly yarn drawer, sorted by color, and several underperforming plants.

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 Curriculum Vitae

 

Select Awards, Shows, & Competitions

 

2021 | Spring Salon | Springville Art Museum

2020 | Utah County Portrait/Figure Exhibition | Bianco Avant-garde | Orem

2020 | Spring Salon | Springville Art Museum

2020 | Showcase Winner | Covey Center Fall Art Showcase | Provo Center for the Arts

2020 | Eccles 46th Annual Statewide Competition | Eccles Art Center | Ogden

2020 | Interview with "Utah Stories" Magazine

 

2020 | Women: The Creative Edge | Eccles Community Art Center | Ogden

2020 | "New Works by George Handrahan & Samantha Long" | David Ericson Fine Art | Salt Lake City

2019 | Certain Women: Statements of Purpose | Anthony's Fine Art | Salt Lake City

2019 | Second Place | Covey Center Fall Art Showcase | Provo Center for the Arts

 

2019 | Eccles 45th Annual Statewide Competition | Eccles Art Center | Ogden

2018 | Honorable Mention | Petite Impressions Art Show | Eccles Art Center

 

2018 | 40 Years David Ericson Fine Art Group Show | Salt Lake City

2018 | Honorable Mention | Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah | Springville Art Museum

 

2018 | Spring Salon | Springville Art Museum

2018 | Utah Art Market | Sugarhouse Garden Center

 

2017 | Solo Show | Balcony Gallery | American Fork Public Library

 

2017 | Spring Salon | Springville Art Museum

 

2017 | First Place | Utah County Art Board Early Spring Juried Show | Provo Health & Justice Building

 

2016 | Spring Salon | Springville Art Museum

 

2015 | "Honorable Mention" | Mayhew Show | Brigham Young University

 

2009 | Congressional Award | Annual Springville Student Show

Education

 

Portrait Society of America Summer Webinars | 2020

Brigham Young University | 2010 to 2015

David Leffel & Sherrie McGraw Workshop | Scottsdale, Az | 2015

 

Sherrie McGraw Internship | Taos, NM | 2014