We are happy to be living now in Sam Ezell’s home town! Turns out, Sam is one of the nicest folks anyone could share a town with. You can count on Sam to help out a neighbor or a stranger. Like ourselves, some years back Sam became interested in folk art and began to travel around getting to know the artists. He didn’t consider himself an artist back then. He says he didn’t even do the painting at his regular job handling maintenance at a local shopping center. That started to change when he paid a visit to artist Bernice Sims. Sam and Bernice hit it off right away & Sam promised to lend a hand with whatever she needed. At the end of the visit she directed him to “go home & paint me a picture.” Sam protested that he didn’t know how to paint, but there was no way to turn down her request. So he gave it a try and found himself having a good time doing it. He developed a close relationship with his friend and mentor, and he still tries to help her out with whatever she needs.
Sam uses bold shapes and bright colors to make joyful paintings of happy times. People are dressed up and having fun. Skies are blue, the sun is shining, birds have houses, and chickens come in lots of colors. His paintings are turning up around every local corner nowadays. Don’t be surprised to see Sam’s portrait of a mustard bottle or a mayonnaise jar at the diner, or his painting of the Mexican restaurant actually in the Mexican restaurant. Sam recently painted some portraits of landmarks in Durham, NC, for a civic fundraiser called “Marry Durham”. The idea for the event began when one resident who clearly loves Durham was told, “If you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” As always Sam was happy to help out with whatever was needed.