My real name is Sam North. Following a two-year stint of treatment for borderline personality disorder and heroin addiction, I re-entered the world in 2013, adopted the moniker “Sammy thrashLife,” and resolved to build a life on the new passion I had discovered while institutionalized. On Friday afternoons, theyʼd make us draw or paint. I hated it until, one day, it just kind of clicked and became my favorite thing in the world.
A graduate of the Law Center at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, I have no formal arts training. I like playing with colors and painting funny faces. Admittedly, itʼs more than that, but Iʼm the first to admit Iʼve got zero technical ability. Bright colors, rotten smiles, and snarky captions in bold block-letters characterize my work but a closer look reveals intensely honest, reflective, personal journals in small print. I donʼt shoot heroin anymore but Iʼm still an emotional basketcase; paint and ink are the tools I use to balance myself out.
Following an incredibly successful first year as an artist, I’m spending 2014 traveling the country, meeting with galleries, sharing my story, and painting. I live in whichever city is currently hosting an exhibition of my work. When I don’t have an exhibition running, I’m back on the road, meeting new people in new cities, until I do.
Feb. 26 – Apr. 2, 2014
21 E. Adams St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
I also currently have work on display at:
Ettra Gallery (149 NE 2nd Ave) in Delray Beach, FL.
Chamblin’s Uptown (215 N. Laura St) in Jacksonville, FL.
If you know which city should be next on the itinerary, get in touch.