Sam McCoy was born and raised in Orlando, Florida in the 90s. She is a contemporary painter who focuses on the boundaries between natural and hyperreal landscapes of Florida. She pulls her inspirations from a place where spectacles and roadside attractions dominate America’s tourism capital. Between eco-tourism destinations and constructed gardens, McCoy explores the contradictions of her experiences in these places. By pulling back the metaphorical curtain on a carefully crafted image of Florida, McCoy’s ideas of disenchantment and re-enchantment are enacted in each painting. The viewer can still find meaning in the shadier discordant corners of the State.
McCoy received her BFA from the University of Central Florida and her MFA from Florida State University. Currently she the Artist Programs Manager at Thomasville Center for the Arts, and continues to work in her home studio in Tallahassee frequenting picturesque springs and roadside citrus stands.
Artist Style: Visual: Contemporary
Artist Medium: Visual Arts: Acrylic, Collage, Drawing Media, Ink, Oil, Watercolor
Sam McCoy has a background in arts education, teaching at FSU and Thomasville Center for the Arts in many mediums. She is available for one off sessions of foundational art skills such as observational drawing, beginning painting techniques, pleinair, and other 2D mediums. McCoy has been a guest lecturer on many topics such as art history, professional practices in the arts, and as a contemporary painter.