Samantha Zimmermann is a fine artist specializing in realism, the breadth of her work consists of automotive and motorsports subjects. Samantha works out of her home studio in San Antonio, Florida, USA.
Samantha's love for cars and motorsports began at a young age, Formula 1 was a must on Sunday mornings. Having been raised in a family of NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers and technical drawers, the interest in the technicalities and precise nature of mechanical ingenuity was sparked. Later in life, her childhood sweetheart Michael took her to her first 24 Hours of Daytona in 2012. Needless to say from that point on her passion for all things motorsports has only continued to flourish.
Samantha's influences consist of a mixed group prominent Renaissance Baroque and Rococo masters, 20th and 21st century pop, impressionist, and realism artists that inspire and aide in her style. This includes artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Peter Paul Rubens, Michelangelo Merisi da Carvaggio, Richard Estes, Chuck Close, Norman Rockwell, and Ralph Goings.
Alumnus: The University of South Florida (USF) Tampa, Florida- BA 2019.
Samantha is adept in a variety of mediums, but she most frequently works in oil paint and graphite pencil. She prefers both of these mediums as they allow her to fully develop a highly realistic piece. Oil paints have an additional depth that transports the viewer into an almost tangible experience. Graphite in turn has a timeless feel to it, and a very classic black and white appearance.
Samantha has developed a strong passion for motorsports along her artistic and personal journey, in part due to her husband who drives. "It's about more than just the cars, it's about the community behind the sport in itself and the experience as a whole." She is often seen painting live at the track for major events like IMSA and HSR, but also to cheer on Michael and her friends within the racing community.
"The experience of seeing these teams compete and the atmosphere is something you don't easily forget. It's exhilarating." Samantha's work often features a mix of driver portraits and paintings of cars on track, typically showcasing historic racecars from the 70's and 80's, but also more modern subjects. "I love creating pieces from the Golden Age of racing, that era was so iconic and a true turning point for innovation in motorsports." She seeks to capture these cars in their element at speed, and to transport the viewer into the space as if they were once again trackside and reliving the experience.
In turn it's not just the cars and the atmosphere that are awe inspiring, but also their drivers and the people behind the scenes. "Having seen Michael's own fire and resilience to always get in and drive something, or to just be at the track has opened the door to these amazing people and comradery in the sport. They stay up all night to fine tune every part, look over the smallest details, in my own right it doesn't seem too far off from my own work. "