Today we’d like to introduce you to Samantha Gottlich.
Samantha, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always expressed myself through art. I went through phases of singing, guitar, writing songs and poems, wrote a few plays and short stories; but mainly music. But back in 2017, I had a medical procedure done and I was diagnosed with lupus. Lupus is essentially your body being an asshole and attacking itself. My whole life shifted (and outlook) and I needed a new way to tell my story, how I visualized what was going on in my body, and where I was going from here. I started to paint, created NROR ART and it’s been my rock ever since.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
NROR ART is my way to show what I create. From traditional art to not so traditional art, I labeled myself as No Rhyme or Reason Art. I started my journey with abstract paintings but I now mainly make hand painted accessories and clothes.
My paintings are pretty bizarre; their processes of being made different. Some I’ve made while swimming in the ocean with paint and canvas. One I made while bouncing on a trampoline. When it comes to accessories, I make hand painted pins, beaded bracelets, and previously made glasses.
Making buttons is my favorite thing to make and I love to paint about important themes within my buttons. I also dye clothes, paint clothes, and allow my creativity to run a little bit wild.
Each of my arts tells stories and I hope to spread awareness on lupus, sustainability, LGBTQ rights, female empowerment and racial equality and facing adversity, no matter how large and deadly the battles may seem.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
There’s always a way. You don’t have to buy everything new. When you start your path as an artist, you’ll make mistakes. Don’t invest too high at the beginning; learn from yourself on less expensive materials. Go to thrift shops and yard sales and buy old clothes and fabric and repurpose (that’s what I did). If you want to paint, go on a Facebook yard sale, eBay, or any other online shopping app and see if you can buy materials cheaper. Make use of Michaels deals and become a member. If you want to take classes; check out your town’s recreational department for classes and local vocational high schools for adult night classes. Whatever you want to do is possible… only if you allow yourself to make it possible.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’m currently touring events this summer with my buttons and apparel! I’ll be all over New England, selling and showing my art at pride parades, music festivals and more. Follow my Facebook page NROR ART and under events, check out our next stop! Check out the IG & FB, too.
I also have buttons for sale at the Haus of Threes Pop Up shop in Boston and showcasing some paintings at the International Bob House In Tampa, FL.
Rj Prevelige Photography, Michael Rose Photography, Catherine Hodges Photography