Interview: The Preconceptual with Samantha Hurst

Samantha Hurst is a an intuitive abstract artist and transformational coach. Living by the sea in the South East of England, Samantha paints and coaches those seeking peace of mind and wellbeing.

What does spirituality mean to you?

That is a great question. It used to mean something very different to me than it does now. I used to think that being a spiritual person was someone who meditated and lived their life in a “spiritual way”. I used to believe it was about self help but what I have seen now is that there is no self to help. I now see that all that is has come from formless energy, everything that is here on this Earth is spiritual. It is all a part of the oneness of life and just by being in form it is magical to me. The fact that anything exists now amazes me.

I started to paint from a place where my intellect fell away and where to my surprise even in my darkest times my paintings were full of light.

The ordinary has become “spiritual” to me and when I fall into that oneness I can see no difference in anything. It is a beautiful place to be. No spiritual hierarchy just love, oneness and the magic of existence.

How do you create your art?

This is a strange one as I really do not know for sure.  I know that I stand in front of a blank canvas and let myself be guided to paint. The colours come into my mind as words and I then start to play. The more I can detach myself from the process the better the art works seem to be.

Artworks that connect you to the space within. The space where the formless meets the form.

It is a going beyond and seeing what happens. The trick is knowing when to stop. I am sure I have messed up a few good paintings by carrying on for too long. I am generally surprised by what is before me and usually in a good way.

How did you uncover your gift?

I discovered painting during a very dark time in my life and I felt so bad but I had a deep desire to use colour in some way. I found a small local art group and went along and met a wonderful teacher called Terry who just let me play with colour. I would splash around for a few hours and to my surprise these creations came out. There was no expectation of them just a need to express myself via colour.

When I go within and the colours are swirling through my mind and my paintbrush is in my hand it feels like magic is happening and in a way I think it is.

Terry had a small exhibition and put a few of my pieces in and when I went to collect them he told me he needed to give me cash as he had sold them. At first I thought he was joking but they had sold and from that point I knew I was creating something that other people were connecting to. I have had a few exhibitions where I have sold works and I started a facebook page which has now grown to nearly 100,000 followers. I always say I became an artist “by accident”.

Do you feel you have a life purpose?

This was a question I used to have a lot of thinking about but I now know my life purpose is to live. Life wants to live through me and that is as simply as I see it right now.

How is your art connected to your coaching?

I think that my art and my coaching both come from the same place. When I speak I feel that the words are as beyond me as the art is when I create it. I think my aim in both is to take people beyond the personal mind and into the oneness of life. It is for them to see just for a second the truth behind life as when that happens life changes. It only takes one moment for that to happen and for your whole life to look different.

What is your advice to others who want to be more creative?

To paraphrase a famous brand “just do it”.  The only thing that will ever get in your way is a thought. Once we see the power of thought and the creative potential within it then a lot of the old sticky thinking falls away and we are free to use thought to create magic.

When we get quiet I think we always know what it is we would love to try and do.

The creative energy is not personal and I believe it is there within all of us, we just have to see how we can use it and then we can find our own personal creative process.