By Picture Perfect
On 04, Sep 2013 | In Local Artists | By Picture Perfect
Artist: Sam Toft
Born in June 1964, Sam’s earliest ambition was to work in a post office. Instead she has been a fire extinguisher salesman, a silver service waitress, a death grants advisor, a Wedgwood Rooms worker, a catering manager, a civil servant, a student, an au pair and an unemployed person. She has lived in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Le Vaudreuil Ville Nouvelle, Essex, Surrey, Liverpool, Balham, Tooting, Ealing and Middlesex but has settled for now in Brighton & Hove.
She graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a BA in Applied Social Science (having transferred from a business sandwich degree with French). She had not a clue what to do but knew through and through that she would never be a poet. A career in the civil service was not well tolerated and catering management wasn’t where the heart was. A change in direction was needed. She moved up to Liverpool and did a BTEC in General Art and Design at City of Liverpool Community College where an inspirational teacher by the name of Hering gave her confidence to give it a go with her pictures.
“I am luck that the accident of my birth left me at the edge of things – ever watchful, observant and compelled to link scenes and memories into some kind of narrative. Stripes, textures, delicious whiffs, children’s rhymes, eccentric characters, lovely hats, nostalgic tunes and beautiful dogs are all things that catch my attention and fuel my imagination. I am grateful to these favourite things that make my creativity possible, along with my eyes, my hands and especially my mum”.
Sam has been working as an artist these past 12 years using mixed media: Oil pastels, coloured inks, scraffito and innovative fingers-and-thumbs technique. Her work can be seen nationwide. She has her work in galleries and art fairs and sells well both in the United Kingdom and in North America.