I conceived the idea for The Imag(in)e Project on New Years day of 2015, while I was visiting with my nephew Leif. He was a very avid painter of 2.5 years, so we spent a wintery afternoon indoors painting together. I watched as he tapped green and blue onto his canvas with his different brushes. Immediately the pattern and shape of a tree came to life. After the paint had dried I added in a few lines here and there to solidify the shape. It was a beautiful collaborative piece that my sister and her son love. For the rest of my visit Leif and I enjoyed searching through his other paintings, we began to imagine what was in the image.
Samantha has a BFA degree from Pratt Institute with a concentration in Illustration. Aside from her passion in art, Sam comes from a large family that has supported and inspired this project. And of course, without Sam’s love for children and their imaginations, this project would not be possible.