Samantha Sherry spent much of her childhood on a horse’s back. She competed nationally in barrel racing events and was a member of her university rodeo team. While a freshman in college, she took her first art class and quickly decided to pursue a degree in art. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art, she was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the Memphis College of Art. She followed her MFA degree with a second Master’s (Master of Art in Teaching) degree, also from the Memphis College of Art.
Samantha frequently uses equine imagery in her work, although her creations are not simply about painting “pretty ponies.” “Horses have always been my point of entry into the world, a way of framing, questioning, understanding, connecting, and commemorating,” she explains. Within her work the horse is symbolic and provides the distance and vocabulary necessary for her to explore deeply personal issues and motifs.
Samantha’s work examines the relationships between memory, family, identity, and loss. Drawing upon her equestrian past (and present), horse forms and fragments become the language through which these ideas are explored and articulated.
Samantha is a full-time artist living in Tennessee with her husband, four dogs, and a Quarter Horse she is training named Futurity Prospect. She was invited to be the Artist in Residence at Tryon International Equestrian Center in the fall of 2019 and exhibits her work nationally at various museums and galleries. Most recently as part of several exhibitions including Cowgirl Up!, Mountain Oyster Contemporary Art Show and Sale, the Western Spirit Art Show, Art of the West, and America’s Horse in Art.