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Denton artist creates trippy takes on nature

Denton artist creates trippy takes on nature

Denton artist creates trippy takes on nature
February 04
11:00 2022

A sense of pride falls over Denton-based artist Samantha Rose Bourland, 23, as she adds the finishing touches to her latest creation. Strokes of neon blues and pinks form an array of mushrooms atop the brown leather purse, creating a psychedelic, nature-inspired scene.

These vivid colors are a staple of the work found on Bourland’s online store, Rosie Moon Creations.

“Using colors in a really bold, unapologetic way allows me to express myself in ways I didn’t give myself permission to for most of my life,” Bourland said. “It’s kind of like being a child again.”

Art has always been a constant in Bourland’s life. From a young age, she began sketching portraits with pens and pencils, dreaming of one day becoming a professional artist. In high school, Bourland pushed her boundaries to develop more skills with acrylics and watercolor. She then began taking inspiration from esoteric art and the magical realism she found in her favorite fantasy books, which helped develop her current cosmic style.

“I just loved the idea of power beyond what we can see, and I wanted to create art that reminded me of the stories I grew up reading,” Bourland said.

After attempting to find subjects to pursue while in college, Bourland realized she could not escape the hold art had on her and withdrew from the university in 2019 to pursue art professionally.

“I came to the conclusion that the one thing that I get truly happy about and truly excited to wake up for in the morning is making art,” Bourland said. “Art needs to be my career because that’s something I’ll never get tired of doing.”

After building up her portfolio and confidence for almost a year, Bourland started Rosie Moon Creations in July 2020. Bourland sells original pieces as making duplicates is the only time she is unhappy creating. Although this workload adds to Bourland’s stress, she said she is able to therapeutically release her emotions through art.

“I enter a sort of flow state where I’m completely fixated on what I’m doing and everything else settles, so I’m not really thinking about anything except for the actual painting,” Bourland said.

This helped Bourland through a personal health crisis that began around the store’s opening. At the time, she was often scared of the unknown cause of her symptoms and uncertainty of her future. Throughout this period, Bourland said she was able to find a sense of peace and clarity about her career while creating.

“It was sort of like ‘If this is all like I get to do and then I can’t do anything anymore, that’s okay because I have this time to create and I’m just going to make the most of it that I possibly can,’” Bourland said. “It allowed me to just stop thinking about everything that was going wrong for a while.”

Bourland said support from others helped her grow confident in her business. She said Sara Ewen, her mom and earliest supporter, never discouraged her from her passion. 

“It was always really important to me that if she told me that she was going to do something, I told her that she could do it,” Ewen said. “I always think she just had to believe in herself enough to make that leap.”

Cameron Mitchell, Bourland’s boyfriend and electrical engineering junior, has also been a strong supporter of her art. He said as Bourland’s style and business grew, her confidence did as well.

“It’s been a really awesome journey seeing her become the person that she is and to do what she loves and have the opportunity to do that,” Mitchell said.

Bourland has found a strong sense of support within the Denton art community. Being able to connect to other local creators has helped her become a more confident artist, Bourland said. 

“Making art can be incredibly isolating because it’s such a personal and solitary activity,” Bourland said. “Whenever you have those artistic environments where you get to meet other creators it inspires you to keep going because you realize that it’s not just you that cares about what you’re making.”

Much of Rosie Moon Creations’ success comes from Bourland’s large online community, which recently reached over ten thousand Instagram followers. She said having a wide audience is both scary and exciting, as she’s able to influence and interact with many other aspiring artists. Bourland said she encourages others to gain motivation through their own individuality. 

“Whenever people can get in touch with their creativity, it inspires them to be more expressive in every aspect of their life,” Bourland said. “It encourages them to be proud of who they are and even more vocal about what they believe in … [People] need that.”

Featured Image: Local artist Samantha Bourland holds purses decorated with her artwork on Jan. 28, 2022. Photo by Owen Oliver

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