Student Artist Spotlight: Sam Taxter ’22

“…when I make art, my initial idea leads the way, and I decide what medium to use based on that idea.”

Sam Taxter ’22 is a visual artist who enjoys drawing perspective and clean lines. We asked her a few questions to learn more about her style and her work.

Could you tell us a little bit about your process?

Usually when I’m given a prompt, I can imagine right away what I want the art to look like. For the art class I’m in right now, the prompts are simple words that we can take anywhere we want. Someone told me recently that when I make art, my initial idea leads the way, and I decide what medium to use based on that idea. I totally agree with this, because I choose the materials that best match what I’m imagining. This definitely poses challenges sometimes, but I try my best to stick with the concept.

What do you do when encountering challenges during the creative process?

I’ve found that taking breaks is really important. I recently had a piece that just wasn’t working for me, and I broke some of my personal rules by scrapping it and starting over. I avoid doing that because I feel like everything in art can be given a second chance, and I know that a lot of my best ideas are the spontaneous ones. It’s a lot easier in the long run to finish whatever is giving me trouble and to come back to it with a fresh point of view.

How would you describe your style?

Describing my style is really hard for me. I used to get so stressed out about how inconsistent my work is, but I’ve started to stray away from that idea. I like to try a lot of different materials and moods. However, I do notice that I draw and paint rooms pretty often. I think it stems from how I used to want to be an interior designer when I was little. I love drawing perspective and clean lines, so I guess that’s a component of my style.

What inspires you and why? 

My inspiration comes from a lot of different places, but I think music is a huge source. I listen to so many different genres and I find that making playlists for specific moods is a lot of fun. When I’m working on art, I like to make playlists that help fuel the mood I want the art to take on.

How has your style evolved during your time at Miss Hall’s?

My style has grown so much since I became a Miss Hall’s student. On the more technical side, I finally started learning how to make digital art, and I can’t wait to dive deeper into that. My art class is such a supportive space where there’s a lot of freedom to try new things. In terms of ideas, I’ve had to adapt to a totally new environment, so that comes with a lot of emotional change as well. Both of these have made my art more complex.