Hello! My name is Samantha J. Darr and I am an Illinois photographer and artist. 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.
My passion for art started at a young age. My grandmother is a painter and digital fractal artist, as well as a teacher, and she is who I credit with starting my journey in art. Some of my fondest memories are of us scribbling on the circle cardboard cutouts saved from frozen pizzas. My grandma liked to prove that anything can be an art supply, and I have taken that sentiment to heart!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to antique shops, flea markets, yard sales and second hand stores. I love taking something unused or forgotten and giving it a new life. I embody this attitude with much of my art and photography, finding new ways to look at something, bringing attention to overlooked objects, or just incorporating recycled items into my art.
I've enjoyed taking pictures for as long as I can remember, but my passion took off during high school when I got my first "real" camera (a Canon AE-1) and learned to develop film. Something just clicked (pun intended) and I've never felt more at home than when I'm behind the camera. I love to capture bright colors and contrasts in my photography, but I have a soft spot for black and white photography – something that reminds me of being back in the dark room.
When I’m not behind the camera, I'm often found doodling in my sketchbook. I still consider myself to be a student of the arts and am currently exploring different mediums and techniques to find my voice as an artist.