Sam’s work is about a sense of place and she is often drawn to situations that are devoid of people but where man's imprint is felt through the presence of structures.
She is concerned with capturing her own emotional memories of these places, a resonance that might also mean something to the viewer - somewhere that is often forgotten on a conscious plane, but which can be felt through the abstract language of paint. In this way, her work is less about the sense of a particular place and more about an emotional memory.
Sam finds new material for work by going off the beaten track - searching out places that are abandoned and forgotten, which may have once been inhabited but which often the landscape is encroaching upon and reclaiming for itself. These places often harbour a certain presence which can be tapped into and these are the places where she gathers her material.
Working in the studio from initial representational drawings, the painting is brought out through an abstract process that selectively removes formal pictoral representations of that place so that the painting itself comes to reflect the memory.