Samantha Mash grew up in the dry marsh area of Palo Alto, California. After graduating high school she headed north to forested Portland, Oregon where she has resided ever since. Samantha currently works as a freelance illustrator and illustration instructor at Pacific Northwest College of Art. She is open to email inquiries for commercial work, gallery exhibitions, and other creative projects.
Samantha is interested in the place of iconography within her illustrative work. Her art is heavily focused on symbolism and the human form which she uses to explore concepts of vulnerability, identity, anxiety, repression, and freedom.
She is currently focused on pushing the space between line work, shapes, and light to create a sense of fluidity, color, and form. Her outside interests include ecology, conservation, and social equity; all of which she is actively pursues in her free time both within and outside of her artistic practice.
EDUCATION BFA in Illustration 2013, Pacific Northwest College of Art
SELECTED CLIENTS The Baffler, Baltimore Magazine, BOOM! Studios, DC Comics, Eater, Hank Green, Outside Magazine, Planned Parenthood, Minnesota Monthly, New Republic, Scientific American, and Slack
PAST EXHIBITION LOCATIONS Flatcolor Gallery, Gallery Nucleus Portland, Gallery Nucleus Los Angeles, Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, Pony Club Gallery, Spoke Art New York, Spoke Art San Francisco
PRESS Communication Arts, Illustration Age, Imagine FX, Inspiration Hut, Juxtapoz, Women Who Draw, Your Art Path, Yume Magazine