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Samuel Preston
Wood River, Illinois

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Being miniatures, these two paintings are no larger than standard photo prints. There is something very self-satisfying about painting miniatures and it allows me to indulge in my love of brushwork but forces me to simplify. When painting, I often get caught up in rendering the tiniest of details such as woodgrain, fabrics, and patterns, but painting miniatures gives me the opportunity to lose myself in the piece as a whole. When doing a painting of this size, I get to treat the entire painting as a detail.


born: 1975, Jacksonville, Illinois


Fontbonne University, MA Painting, 2012
Illinois College, BA Art, 1997

selected awards/honors

Mary Capps and Samuel N. Osborne Scholarship, Illinois College, 1997
McGaw Fine Arts Award, Illinois College, 1997
Elizabeth Caine Senior Art Award, Illinois College, 1997

selected publications

Master Pieces 6, Master Pieces 6 exhibition catalog, Manifest Gallery, 2012

selected group shows

Master Pieces 6, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2012
The Figure Now, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO, 2012
Awards of Excellence, Jacoby Arts Center, Alton, IL, 2011
MFA Invitational, St. Charles Community College, St. Charles, MO, 2011



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