Dmitry Samarov: Moving In

Dmitry Samarov, The Mess I've Made, 2010, Oil on linen
Dmitry Samarov, The Mess I've Made, 2010, Oil on linen

An essay by painter and writer Dmitry Samarov about the influence of place on an artist's work.

Samarov writes: "If you're a painter who's primarily inspired by your physical surroundings, it takes some time for a new place to soak into your consciousness in that way that's required to make pictures. Meanwhile, everywhere I turn here, there's a new thing to look at and tuck away for use later... My presence is starting to creep in as well: the back room has my bookshelf and flatfile and a bunch of old paintings on the walls... I'm beginning to belong."