Award Winning Artist and Children’s Performer Samantha Hughes delights in making mischief, of one kind and another. She writes and illustrates in a sunny studio in Fremantle, surrounded by colour and cats. Sam has worked across Western Australia creating paintings, community artworks and books filled with magic and wild adventures.
Her artwork is fuelled by sugar and reflects the joyous colour play, and serious thinking, of childhood. Colour is her second language. She has recently returned to acrylics and is relishing making big expressive marks on canvas.
“When colours are vibrating together on the canvas, making electricity together, that is when I am at my happiest.”
Sam’s work explores story in many forms. She loves writing and drawing strong female characters and creating modern fables. Stories are a vital part of her community arts practice – writing books with children, learning about local history and personal identity and guiding children to create personal artworks that reflect their own narratives.
She is the Director of Inkling Art Space, a creative studio in Fremantle for families and children.