1. Who are you and what do you do?
I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2010, I started painting. I’m a self-taught abstract painter. While attending Arizona State University, I completed a BS and MSE in civil engineering. Currently, I live in downtown Phoenix and work as a bartender at The Duce.
2. How did you get your start?
I started painting during my undergraduate years at ASU. The stress and formulaic precision of engineering triggered a need to express myself artistically. To paint was my internal calling.
3. What inspires you?
All the other amazing artists in Phoenix and around the world. Viewing the artistic talent and hustle of other artists inspires me to keep creating.
4. What do you like about AZ?
I like Arizona for its natural beauty, colors, weather, and downtown Phoenix’s intimate art scene.
5. Where can we see your work?
Anytime at my studio by appointment. I also have a website (here), as well as other social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook. Find me at Art by Sam W. J. Johnson.
6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?
I want to design and help build my own house and art studio. Curate an art show of all my favorite artists from around the world. Invent something useful. Learn to surf.
7. What is your mantra?
Do your thing.
Keep your eyes and mind wide open.