Mesmerized by the color, light and shadows used by nineteenth and twentieth century artists, Sam Longoria picked up where Monet, Renoir and Pissaro left off. A true historian whose love and appreciation for natural landscapes and seascapes was sparked when he was a small child, Longoria began painting when he was eleven years old. With crisp attention to detail and a savored sense of awe, he still remembers how magnificent his first paint colors were ... cadmium yellow, Venetian red and Prussian blue.
A seventh generation Texan, Longoria grew up in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley. Involved in opera at a young age, he became passionate about music. His thirst for musicals by Mancini and Mercer inspired him to paint movie scenes and famous calendar pictures of that decade. Coached throughout his youth, he embraced the challenges and discipline of a professional painter. Longoria has a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from University of Texas and currently serves as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Houston.
A successful artist for several years, Longoria's contemporary impressionistic style has enjoyed widespread appeal. He uses a free and loose brush technique as the impressionists of the nineteenth century did frequently adding a deep pallet knife stroke to achieve intense light and shadows. He reveres Monet as a true wonder and often paints the works for which Monet is most famous. Like Monet, Longoria allows audiences to look at life around them La Belle Epoch, "through his eyes". Longoria's affinity for panoramic wild flowers, beaches and European countrysides inspire many of his original works. He is passionate about his native Texas which shows in scenes to include the wide canyons in the Rio Grande Panhandle, simple cabins of the early Anglo American settlers throughout West Texas, wild bluebonnet fields spread throughout the state and some of the most charming missions in San Jose and beyond. Longoria welcomes commissions of vacation homes and other custom scenes that he paints from slides and photographs.