Size: 8"W x 10"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2015
I passed my neighbors house everyday in my car on my way out of my neighborhood. I would pass it when I went for a walk. I would see the yard from my front window. I was entranced by their late spring roses. The colors. The textures. Finally I asked if I could cut a few and paint them. It was almost a compulsion.
At the time that I painted these flowers, I had just set up an old record player in my little studio area. I borrowed a stack of Louis Armstrong records from the library I where I worked. Looking at this painting recalls the scratchy sound of the needle on those records before the trumpets kicked in and the smell of chamomile tea mingling with the scent of the roses.
Samantha Tutone is an enthusiast of the arts. She studied Art History and Art Conservation at the University of Delaware and is an active painter. After graduation, she worked in a framing shop and a music and art library. Samantha has dabbled in almost every genre of art: sculpture, photography, costuming, tattoo design, etc. Her other passion is Okinawan Go-Ju Ryu Karate. She holds a second-degree black belt and travels regularly to train with karate masters around the world. Currently, she works as an administrator and graphic artist at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.