Sam Vokey, a native of Chatham, Massachusetts, combines realism with impressionism to evoke emotion beyond what is possible through photographs of the natural world. While at Bowdoin College, Vokey caught the attention of Robert Hunter with a display of his landscapes and still lifes at the Creative Arts Center of Chatham. Impressed by the works, Hunter arranged a four-year scholarship to the R. H. Ives Gammell Studio in Boston.
His painting style is most closely associated with the Boston School and his technique crosses Realism with some of the softer edges and painterly qualities of Impressionism. From a distance his paintings appear to be windows into a real world, yet up close they convey an entirely different story created through his brush strokes and texture.
In 2007, Sam was awarded the John Singleton Copley Award, the highest honor given by The Copley Society of Boston, and was a featured artist in American Art Collector Magazine. In 2006, one of Mr Vokey’s still lifes appeared on the cover of the book The Boston School printed by Blue Tree Press. He is a member of the Guild of Boston Artists and recently won the Tarbell award and the R. H. Ives Gammell award. He has been designated the coveted status of Copley Master by The Copley Society of Boston.
Limited edition prints of many of Vokey’s oil paintings of Boston and New England scenes are available from Massachusetts Bay Trading Co. A number of his winter scenes of Boston are also available as fine art holiday cards.