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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 and other less conventional art spaces, sharing my story, and painting. I don’t live anywhere – opting instead to bounce between whichever cities are currently hosting exhibitions 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. This is my full-time job.

I’m currently exhibiting at:
Ettra
149 NE 2nd Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444

The Silver Cow
1506 King St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204

7 thoughts on “Info”

  1. you should send your work to the OK HARRIS gallery in the village (NYC) . Steven Corsano has a show there now, your work is similar…and very touching…
    lori

  2. Hi Sammy! I met you in front SunRay Cinemas in Jax and purchased a piece for a friend. Any chance SunRay may air your film in Jax? Do let me know if it happens. Your spirit is delightful… I’m still feeling the love I felt just walking up to your table and seeing all that beautiful, evocative, outrageous bunch of you! Nanette

  3. I meet you walking out of Burrito Gallery 4/11/14 during onespark in JAX, when you asked if I’d like a piece of paper… I initially said no I’m good, until you insisted “it’s a really awesome piece of paper” (your story and website info). Awesome story man and keep up the great art work! Thanks for telling me it was an awesome piece of paper, cause I wouldn’t have taken otherwise.

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art, journals, and stories of emotional health, mental illness, not shooting heroin (anymore), and punk rock