Samantha Shields grew up in Massachusetts. After four years serving in the U.S. Air Force as an Arabic translator, she studied architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2019 she left architecture and moved to France, and later Calgary, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She has been pursuing painting full time for the past 3 years and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Maine College of Art and Design. Working mainly with acrylics and oils, and using family photographs as inspiration, Samantha revisits formative moments and people of her past. In painting these images, she shifts their narratives and looks at them in new ways that have been altered by time. Sometimes that alteration is funny or odd. A once sad memory might become light-hearted, while a sweet memory turns melancholic. Through her vibrant color palette and playful motifs, like polka dots and stripes, she is able to determine the mood of each memory in its painted form. Her aim is to create a whimsical picture of the past that has a small element of darkness. While she wants these painted memories to honor her past, she doesn’t want to create an inaccurate nostalgia. Through this balance her artwork allows her to see her memories of moments and people from her past with a clarity that embraces the quirks and the imperfections while focusing on all that was playful, sweet, and light.

Instagram: @soplungo_art

30” x 18”

Am I Pretty Grandma
14” x 14”