Paint Nite Coneflower Pop

Samantha Bonacorsa – June Featured Artist

Meet Samantha Bonacorsa, our June Featured Artist.

Paint Nite Artist Samantha Bonacorsa
In addition to being completely adorable, Samantha is a Paint Nite artist at Paint Nite Long Island and the creative mind behind this month’s featured painting, Coneflower Pop.

Check out how awesome (and easy) this painting is.

So how did Samantha get started? Where does she get her ideas? What does she love about her job? We’re glad you asked. We did too. Here’s what she had to say.

When did you become a Paint Nite artist and why?

I started my journey with Paint Nite a little over two years ago. My friends had heard about it and wanted to have a fun girls night out, so we planned to go to one at Harbor Crab in Patchogue.

Paint Nite at Harbor Crab
I’ve always had a passion for the arts, so I was really excited. I had a blast and by the end of the night, I completely saw myself in the role of a Paint Nite host and artist. I was encouraged by my group of friends to apply, and that’s exactly what I did as soon as I got home that night.

Joining Paint Nite has been the best career choice of my life. I can truly say that I LOVE my job and working with Paint Nite has re-ignited my passion for art and painting, both in my professional and personal life.

What is your favorite part about hosting Paint Nite?

There are so many things I love about it, but I would have to say my favorite aspect is the connection that is formed with people through art. Showing people that art comes in so many forms is a pretty cool thing.

Paint Nite Long Island painting
I love watching people discover their artistic side. Painting has so many benefits. It brings people together and bonds them over a common ground. It helps you to just relax, let go, and have fun exploring where your painting goes.

What was the inspiration behind the June featured painting Coneflower Pop?

Paint Nite Coneflower Pop

I painted Coneflower Pop in February during a wicked snow storm. I suppose I was just craving bright colors, flowers and sunshine. 🌸☀️

Do you have a studio? What is your favorite thing in your studio?

My studio is usually my kitchen table. Or when the weather is nice, I’m outside on my patio. My favorite thing in my studio is probably my palette knife. It was the tool that I connected with the most when I first started painting. It’s how I really found my style and my artistic voice.

What’s your favorite thing to paint and why?

Samantha Bonacorsa fish painting

Really anything that has movement and fluidity. I love paintings that look like they’re going to move right off of the canvas. I started experimenting with watercolor recently, and I made this very flowing, ribbony Japanese Fighting Fish. It’s one of my favorite things I’ve painted.

What inspires you?

I know this is a super broad answer, but anything I form a connection with at the time.

Octopus painting
It’s definitely driven by my emotions in that moment. If I have a lot of energy, I tend to include a lot of vibrant color and loose, choppy brush strokes. Whereas if I’m feeling more subdued I tend to use more muted colors, and take more time with my brushwork, going with subjects that require more detail.

What’s your favorite song?

That is a TOUGH question. I mean, it really changes all the time, but “What’s Up?” by the 4 Non Blondes is definitely one of the songs I belt out in my car while I’m driving….by myself of course. I wouldn’t want to subject anyone to that 😉
Love Coneflower Pop and Samantha’s other paintings? Be sure to leave a comment below and let her know.
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