We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Cauchy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Living the life of an artist is all about taking risks while having fun and loving what you are doing along the way! Without giant leaps into the unknown I wouldn’t be where I am today, pursuing art as a full time career with the ability to paint every day and on my own terms. Was it risky to leave an accredited university education and instead seek the tutelage of artists and mentors who are masters of specific painting techniques? Many would say absolutely, however this choice opened doors for me that otherwise would have remained closed and lightened the financial burden of student loans and college expenses. Once I had made this decision everything else fell right into place. For the next four years I was able to work full time as an artist and pursue a private education based on my own needs and desire to learn. After a while I realized that I wanted to take another risk and work part time outside of the studio to supplement my income. This allowed me to relieve the pressure to pay all of my bills purely from my art. The financial aspects of a full time art career were taking away from the essence of what art is for me, a sacred spiritual experience. Without realizing it I started giving more energy to these side jobs, accepting promotions and working my way up the ladder. Having realized that my focus was slowly and inadvertently pulled away from my art I decided it was time for another change. And so once again I took the leap, stepping away from the 9-5 hustle and focusing my energy back on painting first and foremost. Ultimately this wild ride has taught me that the creation experience and pursuing an art career is all about balance, as is everything else in this beautiful life. We must listen to what is pulling us energetically. If you hear the call don’t be afraid to answer, to take the risk, and remember there is magic in the unknown.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
All in all I aim to bring about inspiration, love, and gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us in nature. I am deeply inspired by nature, mythology, and the magic of life itself. I use oil paints primarily and these natural materials allows for my connection to nature to manifest onto the canvas. Many of my pieces depict realistic elements of the natural world with the energy that I feel, visibly weaving through the subject matter. Through my work I aim to bring awareness to the plants and animals we co-exist with and by doing so I hope to help lead us to a more sustainable world that works for all of humanity and mother earth. In order to achieve this, I donate percentages of profits from certain pieces to various organizations that are at the forefront of sustainability and conservation through various measures. I believe we all play a special part in creating a world that works for all of life. I hope that this act of creating and giving back will inspire others to do the same and feed their inner artist.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to an amazing dispersed camping spot in Steamboat in the early summer to experience the beautiful wildflowers, new growth, aspens, and animals running about. We would hike, cook food on a campfire, do a little mountain biking, read in our hammocks, stargaze, and visit Strawberry Hot Springs for an evening or early morning soak. There are so many magical places to visit here in Colorado, this is just one of them that I would be honored to share with my dear friend.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shout out to those who have encouraged me to pursue painting as a life path and career. To my life partner, Max, to my various teachers, professors, and mentors over the years, to my beautiful, inspiring friends and family, to the ever expanding art communities around the world that I am blessed to be a part of, and to the many people who have supported me and collected my work over the years. Thank you all!