Art of Kent Auction - Flipbook - Page 49
Autumn Strollers, St. James’ Park
54cm (w) x 31(h)
Mounted and framed
Oil on board
Ramsgate based artist Mike Samson rediscovered the joys of painting during his military
career whilst serving in the Royal Tank Regiment. Deployed to Germany and Northern Ireland,
he also acted as a guide for Ken Howard (now Professor Ken Howard OBE RA)
who at that time was working for the MOD and the Imperial War Museum.
Upon retiring from the army Mike joined the Acol Art group and met artist Matthew Alexander
who introduced him to the serious pursuit of ‘on-site painting’ (Plein Air) and in many ways
taught Mike ‘to see’ beyond the obvious. Since then Mike has developed his own language with
oils, watercolours and acrylic paint.
The Inspiration behind the donated painting is taken from on-site location sketches created
in St. James’s Park, London where I created a series of Autumn Paintings depicting the
wonderful Autumn colours and long shadows on a warm Autumn day.