Originally from Shropshire, Sam Cartman now lives and works in Dumfries and Galloway and responds in paint to the Scottish Landscape.
He trained in Cumbria College of Arts and Design from 1998 to 2001 achieving an Honours Degree in Fine Art, having completing a Foundation Course in Art and Design in Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology.
Although the inspirati...on for Sam's work often comes from visiting singular architectural structures in specific rural places, Sam primarily uses these buildings to provide himself with a structure or form to paint within.
This process allows Sam to show in his paintings, something of the place he is in, whether it's the landscape of Shropshire, or more recently, the urban environment of Glasgow and the landscapes of the West Coast.
However, instead of focusing directly on representing the landscape he sees before him, he lets his interaction with the paint take over. His true interest is to figuratively paint an abstract picture.
‘There is a poetic sparseness to Cartman’s paintings of wide open spaces, in the skies or the sculpted buildings which look as if they have been there for all time. His paintings are like memories: fixed and definite in our mind’s eye but not perfect and all the better for the instinctive use of paint and the tools he applies it with’ Jan Patience, The Glasgow Herald
2013 Mabel Mackinlay Award at the RGI Annual Exhibition 2009 Winner - Nairn Open Art Competition