Samantha J. Darr

Welcome to Breaking Reality Art & Photography


Hello! My name is Samantha J. Darr and I am the creator behind Breaking Reality, an art and photography studio. I love to explore different mediums to see what they can do and what I can do with them. My work usually features bright colors, and fun, bold textures and patterns.


Recent Work


My latest focus has been on marker art, mainly using Copic and Tombow brush markers. I like the bright, bold colors, especially when combined with black and white ink.       


In my photography, I am most drawn to the textures and details of urban decay. The grit, texture, and sense of being left behind call out to me. I think there's beauty in the details, and I like to draw attention to what most people would overlook.


I also love exploring still life, especially items found in antique shops - jars of buttons, old pop bottles, rusty tools... there's a history in these well-loved and well-used items that pulls at me. 


My rural photography gives a glimpse into country life. Living smack dab in the middle of the U.S., I am surrounded by corn fields and dirt roads. As a result, I have a weakness for barns and wide open skies. 


The color and movement of butterflies and dragonflies makes them a favorite of mine to photograph. I'll often take a day to visit the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Missouri and spend hours walking around among the butterflies, with plenty of trips to rest in A/C and get water!


Nature is an instant go-to subject to photograph, and I love the pops of color and lush green foliage of flowers and plants. One of my favorite places to explore nature is the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and their sister-site, the Shaw Nature Preserve. 


Visiting Ireland was at the top of my bucket list and it had so many different things to explore, from the streets of Dublin and Limerick to the ocean view at the Cliffs of Moher and the castles and countryside between!