Featured Artist – Samuel Dixon – Artist Portfolio Magazine
Samuel Dixon – Silver Spring, MD
Samuel Dixon is happiest with a glass of good wine and a clean canvas. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Dixon spent his childhood in New York and New Jersey, and studied art in Maryland. Drawing at three years old and painting on the walls and windows during kindergarten, Sam loved every art project. Primarily a watercolorist, Dixon also works in oil and acrylics. Dixon never made a conscious decision to be an artist; art seemed natural to him. After graduating high school, Dixon attended Prince George’s County Community College and University of Maryland where he honed his skills as an artist and graphic designer. He studied fine art, illustration and graphic design under Maryland artists Joe Mayer, Michael Carr and Jim Thorpe. Influenced by the paintings of French and American Impressionists, Sam Dixon’s work captures the essence of inspiration and atmosphere. His art often focuses on shapes and abstraction through a gestural approach, creating paintings with an energetic motion, achieving a careful balance between controlled structure, spontaneity and color compositions.
As a fine art and graphic designer, Dixon has won countless awards: Honorable Mention award 2006; Art Reston 13th Annual Juried Exhibition; 2009 Louis Award Winner for Excellence in greeting card design from the Pictura, Inc; Merit Awards 2013 Laurel Art Guild and the Gold Ink Award in poster and book cover design from Publishing and Production Executive magazine. As a painter and graphic designer, Dixon says he has always been “destined to be an artist.” Though he’s a self-proclaimed Impressionist, Dixon has stepped outside the box for several projects. “Art Uncorked,” Wolf Trap’s annual art auction and wine celebration, featured seven of Dixon’s contemporary watercolor series of wine bottles, Washington Project of the Arts Party Animal project, along with an exclusive poster publishing agreement from San Francisco-based company Image Conscious and the World Art Group, Richmond, Virginia.
“The overall concept to my work is my attempt to document the moment, ”Dixon says. “The creative spirit, may it always be represented by the beauty of the mark.” Dixon’s work is currently on exhibit at Gallery 50, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Hill Center Galleries in the Old Naval Hospital, Washington, DC. and Main St. Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland. His studio is located in Silver Spring, Maryland. For more information visit Samuel Dixon Prints the next time you’re online.