"I had a dream that I was visiting an old deserted house, part of a tourist attraction. When I arrived, a bunch of butterflies flew up and covered my head. One butterfly stuck to the center of my forehead and wouldn't come off. I could feel it's little feet digging in. I walked through the the rooms of the house with this butterfly on my forehead, and at the end of this self-guided tour, the butterfly fell off, dead. When I woke up from the dream, I couldn't remember who I was."
Samyak "Sam" Yamauchi is a mostly self-taught painter who came to painting in 2013 after many years of working with glass mosaics. She is inspired by color and the deeply soulful, discovery process of being in the moment with the materials and the imagery as it arises. Her approach is part contemplation and intention, part intuition and imagination, and a whole lot of playing around until she knows it's "right".
NAKED FEEL GOOD RADIO INTERVIEW - Sam has a conversation about creativity with host Laure Redmond..
OPB OREGON ARTBEAT FEATURE - 2015