Transport yourself back to the dusky skies and rippling dunes of summer with the London-based artist's deeply evocative works.
During the first lockdown, artist Sammi Lynch had the pleasure of looking after a dog. Most mornings, she would journey with the dog from her flat in Stoke Newington to Walthamstow wetlands for a walk. And over the course of a year, Sammi and the dog witnessed the seasons subtly changing before them. As golden brown leaves dropped to the ground leaving trunks bare, and as the days shortened while frost crept in, Sammi observed the shifting seasons that she wouldn’t have noticed in previous years. She tells us: “I found the colourful swell of spring especially uplifting and inspiring.” In turn, she started to channel the landscape’s subtleties into her beautiful illustrative work.
Having grown up in the north west of England, Sammi studied for an Art Foundation at Manchester Met before enrolling at Kingston University’s Illustration and Animation undergraduate course. Once graduated, she worked in set design while developing her drawing and painting practice in her spare time. Hoping to hone in on this artistry further, she recently started studying at The Drawing Year – a scholarship program run by The Royal Drawing School.
Sammi’s evocative drawings, doused in earthy pastel smudges and silky smooth textures, are all about summoning a sense of place and memory. “I tend to emphasise the dreamy aspects of landscape forms and their colours,” she says, providing the viewer with an immersive experience of wandering through burnt orange skies, heavenly peach pink dunes and swaying grasslands. Sammi is not just a one trick pony, however; she’s just as good at depicting people as she is landscapes. Recently, she’s started drawing people close to her – the people she’s looking forward to spending time with when it’s safe. As for now, she can draw the people she loves, something she’s planning to expand into a larger body of work.