Sam Bishop

The Light Through The Trees, 2024
20 x 16 x 0.75 in

The first house my wife and I ever bought was in the Fondren area of Jackson, MS. I loved this little house nestled amongst a neighborhood of trees. I did not plein air paint very often at this point, but the waning afternoon light coming through the autumn leaves of these giants asked me to paint it. The light and colors coming through and bouncing off the leaves, branches and trunks were a gift to me that afternoon. I hope that gift is imparted to the viewer as well. 

Sam Bishop

Sam Bishop grew up in New Mexico and has done mission work around the world. He has lived in Montana and on both coasts. Sam and his family recently settled in Jackson, MS, and are loving it. Original studying the performance arts and dabbling in film, he finished his schooling with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a Minor in Studio Art at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It wasn't until these college years, in his mid-twenties, that he found his love of drawing and oil painting. 


Living with mental illness, painting is therapeutic and helps him rise above and explore, not just the darkness in this world, but the overwhelming beauty and light. To Sam, this light juxtaposes the darkness, both literally and figuratively, and causes the viewer to see clearly the drama and hope that is part of every day life, that can often be overlooked. He desires that his paintings not only impart beauty but underlying hope, and with it peace.

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