I want to tell you a few things about me, and how I became an artist. Event hough Art has always been a part of my life ( I started drawing and painting at a young age under my father’s influence), I never had the opportunity to pursue a full time career as an artist until I was 40 years of age.
At that time I owned and operated a small Computer business in the State of Texas. Things were going well financially, and I had a nice office, employees, and a good income, but internally I was utterly dissatisfied and fearful that life was passing me by and I would never be able to pursue my true calling.
There was a growing sense of urgency in me. Most days, after putting in a full day at the office, I would come home to have dinner, spend time with my family, and take care of home life. When all of that was done, around 9 PM, I would go out to my garage, which I had converted into an improvised studio, to try and get some artwork done. I could not help but feel that I was creating Art with only a remainder of my energy and creativity. I truly wanted to see what I would be able to create if I only had a full day’s time and energy to invest. The ideas where in my head, and my craft was being honed, but I simply didn’t have the time to bring it to fruition.
The decision was very tough, and the cost has been high, both personally and to my family relationships. But the thing about artists is you don’t really have a choice. You must create Art if you are too exist in any real sense.
The business was sold, and we moved to Florida to start this new phase.
I cannot say that making your living as an artist is easy. But every time someone purchases my work and displays it in their home, I feel validated my decision was the right one.
Arturo Samaniego is a nationally recognized artist with work in different styles represented around the country. This Contemporary Abstract Collection responds to his intense interest in Interior Design and Architecture. The paintings make extensive use of beautiful textural effects, and range from the minimalist, tonal neutrality, to the exuberant and colorful.
His work has won several national awards, and has been featured in American Art Collector, International Artist Magazine, Studio Visit, Juxtapoze, and other important publications.