Local Artist Sam Saxon

Samuel Albert Michael Saxon (SAMS)

Born in Albany, GA on April 6, 1936

Educated in public schools in Georgia and Florida, Sam Saxon graduated from Gainesville (FL) High School in 1955.

Sam served on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He earned an A.A. degree from the University of Florida in 1962, a B.A. from LaGrange College (GA) in 1964, an M.Ed. (1974) and Ed.D. (1981) from Brigham Young University and has been a teacher all of his life.

Sam has been drawing and painting since childhood and is largely self-taught. He has exhibited at the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (a one-man show), at Satchel’s Pizza and Metcalfe Elementary (Gainesville), has participated and shown in the Melrose Open Air Arts Festival, and had work displayed at Trinity Methodist Church and UF’s Harn Museum of Art. Some of his work currently hangs at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Gainesville.

SAMS’ current style employs bold color, line and texture and celebrates the joy and vibrancy of life.

Artwork donated to 2012 Fall Gala Silent Auction

  • Sunday Sailors, oil on canvas: “I painted this at Melrose Bay as two sailors rigged and launched their sailboat on the bay.”

  • Bugaboo Swamp Fire, acrylic on canvas, 2008: “In painting this impression of the 2007 fire in Bugaboo Swamp, I drew on my experiences in fighting brush fires in Florida, Georgia, and Utah.”

  • Sunset: St. Augustine, oil over acrylic on canvas: “A view from Vilano Beach (painted from a sketch made while standing on the pier at Vilano Beach looking west at the skyline of St. Augustine).”

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