Samantha Schwann was raised on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her connection with the Sea began at 15 when she first certified as a scuba diver. Today, a passion for the sea has been deeply fused by over 6500 dives in the Emerald Sea of Canada, the coast of Florida, and the Sea of Cortez.
Samantha stumbled into photography in 2010, trading in a small collection of her Grandfather’s camera gear for her first DSLR, and learned how to shoot by experimenting along the Vancouver city and seascapes. She travelled to Arizona for the first time on a holiday and was captivated by the beauty of the desert, so different from the landscapes and climate of the coast.
She received formal training in Stone and Metal sculpture, but is self taught in Photography. Her work is focused on the contradictory environments of the desert and sea, and the elements and events that align them. She is drawn to the concept of flawed beauty within these settings, where the subject is imperfect, incomplete, or transitioning.
Samantha lives in a small town nestled outside of Tucson, Arizona traveling frequently across the USA, Canada and Mexico to photograph land and seascapes.
Tucson International Airport June 12 - September 2017
06.22.17 Darkroom Gallery Essex, VT
02.10.17 - 03.04.17: Solo Exhibition: Wabi-Sabi Landscapes Casa Grande Art Museum
09.17.16 - 03.19-17: Arizona Weather: Duststorms to Snowstorms Phoenix Airport Museum, Arizona
03.05.16: Arizona Artist's Guild Statewide Juried Exhibition Gallery Glendale, Glendale AZ
01.30.16: SIS In The City Group Exhibition Eloy, AZ
10.12.15: Snap To Grid Exhibition Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA
05.30.15: All Art Arizona Juried Exhibition Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ
03.06.15: Arizona Artist's Guild Statewide Juried Exhibition Gallery Glendale, Glendale AZ
03.06.15: Eyes of the Beholder Juried Exhibition Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix, AZ
02.28.15: Abstracts: The Alternative Eye Juried Exhibition 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
08.26.14 Light, Space and Time Juried Exhibition Special Recognition Award: "Pier Abstract No. 3"
01.04.13-01.10.13 Group Exhibition "The Story of the Creative" See|Me Gallery, NY, USA
11.01.12 - 11.14.12 Solo Exhibition "C7D-iP3" Beaumont Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada
Sports Photography Published in:
Blue Skies Magazine (USA)*
Tunnel Rats Magazine (USA)*
DropZone Magazine (Dubai)
Freifall Express (Germany)*
*denotes images have been selected for magazine cover, as well as interior.