I've created Samariah's Paper Art Place for the love of the art form and how it can inspire such a strong creative force within.
I've always loved absolutely anything artistic. The first time I realized that I had created something in a special way was at three and a half. I drew and colored a butterfly, and then made it into a card. My mom helped me mail it to my dad while he was away working, and I knew the power art had in my life from there on out.
Nature Inspires Me . . .
Nature has been one of my biggest inspirations and teachers. I can't think of anything more fun to draw and be inspired by than the bountiful and amazing world of nature!
I lived waaaay way out in the woods most of my childhood and early adult years, traveling from beautiful location to beautiful location. I was very happy whenever we stayed in a place that had a lake, river or creek. I remember following a creek one time all the way to where it began coming out of the ground -- I found the spring. It was cold!
It was in the woods that I learned to study nature's beauty and how it changes over time. I contemplated all I saw through an "artist's eye", and learned about nature and art as I grew.
The very first Christmas tree I ever had (story on that one) was a time when my husband and I didn't have much money at all. I wanted to make our first tree beautiful. We only had 4 ornaments in total, and no lights.
I filled the tree with ornaments that I made out of paper. It costs next to nothing, and when my husband came home, he was astounded by how beautiful the tree was.
Paper is a powerful art form for many reasons. One is that people can create with only paper, scissors and glue, making it one of the most inexpensive art forms around.
Times Have Changed . . .
Here's a view from my office.
I now have a paper art studio and office that's 400 square feet, filled with every type of paper you can imagine.
I still make paper ornaments because they are beautiful and I still love to create cards with butterflies. Only now, I have a successful online business where I get to teach about my love of paper art.
I have always loved teaching art . . .
The very first time I taught art was when I engaged 29 preschoolers, one by one, in how to make handmade paper. It was one of my most beautiful teaching moments. Those little ones taught me more on that day than I could have ever taught them! My Love of paper only grew from there on out.
I have taught art at Southern Oregon University to adults and I've taught to children of preschool age (and most ages in between).
I had the opportunity to be a teacher's assistant at San Francisco State University. I have always loved to show people how they can learn certain art skills and then to create art beyond what they ever thought they could.
I studied classical drawing under Semyon Bilmes at the Ashland Academy of Art in Ashland, Oregon for one year. Before this time, I was a self-taught artist (with the exception of a few college art courses).
I have sold art made on my handmade paper at the Ashland Artisan Market in Ashland, Oregon. The Artisan Market is a top draw during the Summer months, along with Ashland's many art galleries and the famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival of plays. Ashland has been rated one of the top 10 artist towns in the US!
I have a degree in psychology and a minor in biology. I loved biology classes because the labs always required the students to draw in our lab books. While earning my BA degree, I "snuck" into as many art classes as I could fit into each semester. Not a small feat considering I was also raising my young daughter and son at that time.
I attended graduate school for three years at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. My favorite classes were creative expression and psychodrama classes. I almost finished my PhD in Transpersonal Psychology . . . but not quite.
I wanted to be creating art . . .
. . . And eventually, that's what I did--I drew, painted and cut out paper from 12 to 14 hours a day for three years!
Probably sounds luxurious, right?
Well it was . . . and it wasn't . . .
I had Lymes Disease and was in a wheelchair. I was looking to save my life, every hour of every day.
To this day, I believe that creating art was the turning point for curing the Lymes Disease in my body. I write these words without hesitation -- they are powerful words to reflect upon -- I believe them because I have lived them.
Realizing from my own healing how therapeutic drawing, painting and creating with paper can be, left me knowing that I wanted to teach others how to have fun creating Paper Art!
Hi! My name is Samantha Mariah Hall (Samariah) and I would love to have you join me on this site to explore the world of Papercrafts.
Always, always take care of your creative self,
Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!