SEAN "PURL" SAMOHEYL Sean "Purl" Samoheyl Main < BACK

Sean Samoheyl was born in Houston Texas, and then moved to Colorado at age eleven, when his father found work with a union newspaper. Sean briefly attended community college in Denver, studying painting part time on scholarship while working as a busboy. Then the art department scholarships ran out.

He couldn't afford to pay his own way, so he took what little money he had saved and some money made from painting portraits of people's pets and went to France to stay with a penpal and teach himself french (mostly from movies.)

Later, he went to Chicago to try to make it as a fine artist in the galleries in the big city. Feeling out of place, he gave up art completely for drink. Sean tended bar and became an alcoholic. Six years ago, he found recovery and devoted his life to service and simplicity.

He now lives and works on a farm in Virginia growing food and teaching kids bike mechanics. Sean has also painted portraits of the people in the farming commnunity he lives in. He works in as many disciplines as he can find, from welding, basketry, knitting and spinning, to making and carving soap, sewing, stonecarving, and woodcarving. His woodcarvings are cedar, poplar, walnut, and cherry from the 250 or so acres of forest around the farm. These are painted in oil, or sometimes kept in their raw state and sanded smooth, or wrapped in hand spun yarn as "mummy dolls".

Sean's main goal in life is to never stop creating, no matter what, and cultivate humility.

www.seansamoheyl.com



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