Samantha paints from her home in Albany, Western Australia, where she makes still life oil paintings of treasured objects, seasonal fruit, and flowers collected from her friends, neighbours and daily surroundings.
Originally from Perth, Samantha studied Art Education at Edith Cowan University, graduating as a high school Art Teacher in 1990 and teaching in a number of government and private schools over the next 16 years. In 2003 she held her first solo exhibition of landscape paintings at Gallows Gallery.
Since her move to Albany in 2012 with her husband and three young daughters, Samantha has concentrated on still life painting, intent on capturing moments of calm amidst the craziness of domestic life.
Samantha won the Painting Prize and Popular Choice Award in the 2015 Great Southern Art Award for her work, White Jug and Lemon. In 2014 she won the Popular Choice Award, together with Highly Commended in the Career Development section. She was named as a Finalist in the 2016 Albany Art Prize.
Samantha Dennison is represented by Linton & Kay Galleries in Perth, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace on the Gold Coast, and Yallingup Galleries.
As a still life painter I have long been fascinated with how the objects I collect from my daily surroundings narrate my life at the time. Right now, the flowers and objects I paint reflect my life in my regional community. Connected to these experiences are the conversations and sharing that have taken place with neighbours and friends. Significant, too, is the seasonality of the fruit and flowers, and the changing light that falls across the single cupboard where I style my arrangements, ready for the camera to capture their stories before I begin the paintings that will document my journey through the year.