Dorking artist Sam Hall ~ from News at Ten to naÃ¯f art
PUBLISHED: 08:25 05 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:27 20 February 2013
ONCE a busy television reporter for News at Ten, Sam Hall is now enjoying his retirement with the freedom to pursue his love of painting from his Dorking home - when not travelling the world lecturing on cruise ships, that is.
Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2012
ONCE a busy television reporter for News at Ten, Sam Hall is now enjoying his retirement with the freedom to pursue his love of painting from his Dorking home when not travelling the world lecturing on cruise ships, that is.
I suppose I have always had a creative streak in me and had painted two very small pictures back in the 1970s using acrylics, says the 76-year-old.
But because I was on call and away from home for News at Ten, I simply didnt have the time I would have liked for painting.
Back then, he and his wife were living in Stoke dAbernon near Cobham with a wonderful, unrestricted view from their house across the fields to the River Mole, and beyond to the south.
But then construction on the M25 began, less than 300 yards from the couples home and cutting right across the view, and Sam felt an irresistible urge to preserve what they had on canvas before it was too late.
So I bought some acrylics and painted a naf picture of the house and view, with various members of the family in the garden, and although I had never had any
kind of tuition in painting, I enjoyed the process so much that I was determined to continue, he says.
At first, I painted in what I can only describe as a realistic, naf or innocenti style, but gradually my paintings became more photographic, although with saturated colours.
Today, with much of his work depicting local scenes, Sam says that a walk along the lanes around Dorking, Betchworth and Brockham, near his home is all he needs to get the creative juices flowing.
- To see more of Sam Halls work, visit his website at samhallart.com