Samantha Natarian, formerly Samantha Smith, is a Baltimore, MD based painter working in a form of contemporary abstract expressionism. Samantha received her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. While working primarily with paint & wet media, Samantha also incorporates other materials like pastel & crayons into her work to create texture. Her current source of inspiration stems from color, light & opacity, as well as a theme of self-discovery and reflection. Samantha aims to create a sense of depth in her two-dimensional paintings through the use of repetition, transparency and layering of mark-making. Her current body of work is based on experimentation and spontaneity where each mark she applies to the painting informs the next without prior intention.