Samantha Fried Creates Art Inspired By Diverse Women

An artist with a woman point of view

Samantha Fried is an artistic that has a powerful point of view when she creates artwork. Her oil paintings have various subjects, but the ones that are particularly poignant are those that depict women. You can’t help but be riveted by her paintings. The colorful portraits are mysterious and make you wonder about the women captured in the painting. What are they thinking? How do they feel? That is part of Samantha’s talent. She can tell a story and capture the imagination in her painted works. Although she admits she has taken art lessons since she was 4 years old, she has an innate artistic ability and it’s in her genes.

“My grandfather Leon Frank, was a self-taught artist…He inspired me to become an artist and I never looked back.”

“My grandfather Leon Frank, was a self-taught artist. He had his own studio in his house where he would paint Southwest themed artwork. I would go into his studio and watch him paint with awe. Eventually, I needed crayons and paper so I could create art next to him. He inspired me to become an artist and I never looked back.” Samantha’s passion for art lead her to study in Italy at Studio Art College International and later in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University.

After San Francisco, she trained to be a makeup artist at Joe Blasco’s Makeup Art Center in Los Angeles and worked briefly in the entertainment industry, but soon returned to painting. “I realized my passion lay within the traditional fine arts and teaching.”

To hone her skills as an oil painter, Samantha accepted an apprenticeship with prominent realist artist Jeremy Lipking. Now Samantha is represented by The Frame Gallery in her hometown of Angora Hills. She’s also shown her artwork across the country in various galleries and museums including The Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and at the RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton, New York, as part of a group show.

I recently caught up with Samantha to talk about her artwork and contributing to Gilda Graham‘s new poetry book, Penumbra.

Many of your paintings are of women from the back or side view. What is your motivation for depicting this point of view?

In the past, many of my paintings of women were from the back view or possibly from their profile. I did this because I wanted the painting to be able to represent “any woman,” not necessarily the individual in particular. As time has passed and I’ve begun to paint my pregnant series, it has become more about the individual and who is my muse? Many of them show profile so I can showcase their amazing pregnant bellies, I also try to focus on their faces as well.

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