Much of Samantha Sherry’s childhood was spent horseback. She competed nationally in barrel racing events and was a member of her university’s 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 in Studio Art, she enrolled in the Masters of Fine Art program at the Memphis College of Art. Her MFA degree was followed by a second Masters (MAT).
In her work, Samantha frequently uses equine imagery though her creations are not simply just about painting “pretty ponies.” Horses have always been her point of entry into the world, a way of framing, questioning, understanding and commemorating.
Often varied in style and media, her pieces are unified by subject. 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 lives in Tennessee with her husband, three dogs, and a five-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding she bred, raised and trained.