Please join us for wine, cheese, and delightful conversation as we celebrate the artwork of Jean Sampson
Jean Sampson, a Charlottesville native, maintains a studio at McGuffey Art Center, originally the McGuffey Elementary School, from which she graduated in 1960. She has lived in her childhood home and the cottage her grandmother built right nextdoor, for most of her 71 years and now shares it with husband, Bill, and their cat, Hector.
Jean, a poet and visual artist, believes that the muse is summoned in the process of playing with words or colors. She is not afraid to create chaos on the canvas, because she has faith that she can create a beautiful new painting from a big, seemingly hopeless, mess! And this is what she imparts to her “Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting” students who KNOW that the only thing they can do wrong is to give up on a painting. An “ugly ” painting is just an unfinished painting!
The seascapes in this show all started as demonstrations for her students. She believes that looking at beautiful Ventura Beach sunset photographs from her friend, Joy Holland, gave her the colors for many of these paintings. Every painting is an exploration into unknown territory and every stroke of the knife used for these paintings, is an act of faith. The process of painting is a conversation between the artist and the canvas for which the artist must learn the language of color, line, form, value and composition!
Jean’s teacher/mentor, was Morton P. Traylor, owner, director and main teacher of the Virginia Art Institute which he operated in Charlottesville for nearly a decade. After he closed the school, Jean studied with him at his private studio in Sugar Hollow. Jean is an artist today because of her relationship with “Mr.T” and his love of art and incredible skill as a teacher.
Jean teaches her “Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting Class” and her “Beginning Drawing for Chickens” four times a year at McGuffey, and welcomes new, scared, excited students!