Sam Raynor exhibition
When: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Where: Inman Perk, 102 Washington St., Gainesville
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Since Sam Raynor was young, she knew she wanted to make people smile with her artwork.
“I’ve always wanted to be an illustrator,” Raynor said. “Even at the age of 3, my mom would ask what I wanted to do and I would tell her that I wanted to be an illustrator.”
While she is not yet an illustrator, she is an artist with her paintings on display. Raynor’s exhibition runs until the end of the month at Inman Perk at 102 Washington St. in downtown Gainesville.
The mother of two grew up surrounded by art.
“My mom did a lot of art and had it around our house,” she said.
Even though Raynor and her mom’s art styles are very different, her mother played an important role as a jump-start for her inspiration, along with other inspirations.
“But even more so than that, all the children’s literature that was around just spurred my imagination to wanting to do things colorful. And in my later years, just the scripture and the Bible made me feel alive and things that have meant so much to me,” Raynor said.
However, Raynor said she now gets a major pat of her inspiration from the Bible.
Another local artist, Sam Roper, loves admiring her work.
“I love how she uses so many tactics and mediums — thick lines, solid colors,” he said. “It is very bright and colorful.”
Roper said new exhibits appear almost every month at Inman Perk Coffee, but it is Raynor’s that really makes people stop and look.
“I’ve seen more people stop and look at it than really anything else,” Roper said. “It always gets a lot of positive feedback.”
According to Raynor, the current exhibition at Inman Perk took about a year to complete.
“I like people to think on what they are actually looking at,” Raynor said.
Quoting from the book of Psalms, her paintings “Be Still” remind Raynor about what she needs to do in her life.
“Most of these paintings are things I need to work on,” she said. “Others are ones to give people encouragement and some are just to make people smile.”
Not wanting to be in a professional atmosphere, Raynor enjoys being home with her family and creating pieces that make her smile as she designs them on her own schedule.
“I have a harder time creating on the spot,” she said.
Raynor’s future goal hasn’t changed much since she was young.
“My ultimate goal is to illustrate a children’s book,” she said. “A book that has meaning and encouragement, something like the paintings, something that makes them want to be a better person and make them think of others.”
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