We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Morris and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Over the years, I have really learned to listen to… myself. Only I know what I want and if I’m not sure what I want, only I can figure that out. Right now, while keeping busy sheltered at home, being a single parent of three kids during a time of distance learning, and re-evaluating career goals, it is especially important to pay attention to how I am feeling. But adaptation is key whether you are amid a rapidly changing society during a pandemic or living a “normal life”. Setting goals to accomplish tasks is essential for getting things done whether the job is great or small. If it is not working though and you find yourself stuck in a rut, you have to ask yourself, is there another way to get the job done? Is the job even still relevant? As an artist, I can be my own worst critic, but I have also learned to be my best cheerleader. I check in with myself. I can either give myself the approval I need to keep going on something, but if it doesn’t feel right, I can give myself permission to just let it go.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I was fortunate to grow up in a family of creative individuals, and when I went off to college, pursuing a degree in art came so naturally. Those were some of the best years of my life. After school though, I started working in the corporate world and lost connection. It wasn’t until after I had my own children that I started to feel more inspired. I began working on projects with my kids and others and started volunteering to help with art at school and later taking on a paid position as an art instructor. As an art instructor, it is my goal to not just teach the children about painting and drawing, but to also help them understand how important art is in our world. They in turn show me how to let go and have fun. In my visual art, I try to do the same thing. I don’t try to imagine who the art is for or why I need to make it. Art is important way to express my ideas, so I just go with my feelings and create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Francisco is such a fun city and I would take my friend out to the museums and have dinner downtown. Then we would explore the coast and take a drive down Highway 1 for stops at the beach, shop in little galleries and dine on fresh seafood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t get by without a little help from my friends and family!