Artist Sam Scott and her husband Mark have lived in Kent for over 30 years, the last six months in Dymchurch and the previous three years in Hythe. We talked to Sam about what they love about our area.
IT’S GOT EVERYTHING!
“Mark has always wanted to live close to the sea, and we are literally just 100 steps away from Dymchurch’s glorious beach. We’re both outdoorsy types, and being able to put our wetsuits on in the back garden and potter up with our paddle boards or kayaks and both the dogs is just brilliant,” Sam says.
“Our English Bulldog has taught herself to swim, and will paddle out to join Mark on his board – which is quite a feat for an English Bulldog, who are not natural swimmers!”
“We’ve been coming here for years, picnicking at Dungeness and climbing the old lighthouse for Mark’s birthday, taking the children and grandchildren on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, and of course enjoying fish and chips and ice creams.
“Over the years we’ve made tons of local friends, and have in fact ended up living opposite a previous next door neighbour!”
The couple also love Hythe – “all those quirky, independent shops and eateries on the High Street make it such a lovely place to wander,” says Sam.
“Hythe has such a personality, which so many towns seem to have lost these days.”
ARTIST AT WORK
Sam has her own studio tucked away in the couple’s gorgeous garden. Working in watercolours, acrylics, pastels and pencil, Sam’s creations sell all over the world, including in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Her love of colour shines through all her work, which is vibrant and eye-catching, often using metallic paints which add shimmer to the depth of colour. “I do sometimes try and be more restrained, but I always come back to colour,” Sam laughs.
A graphic designer by trade for over 30 years, she has always painted and now does both. Sam’s favourite themes are landscapes, flowers and water. She takes commissions, with dog portraits being very popular. She also makes montages to commission, bringing together various elements of clients’ lives to create a highly personalised piece of art.
She has recently taken part in SEOS (South East Open Studios), in which artists open their studios to members of the public, including other artists. “It’s a real compliment when another artist buys your work – just as much as it is a joy to see the reactions of people, whether they buy a card, a print or a painting” Sam says.