We had the good fortune of connecting with Sami Collins and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sami, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I’ve recently become a mother, something that I imagined being only after I had achieved my goals and had my life in order. But no matter how much I prepared for a career, unpredicability was never anticipated. Now I have someone else in my life I want to live for. I don’t want to give up, nor do I intend to neglect others for the sake of my own ambitions. I do know the right choice isn’t decided by pride. Life is just unpredictable and there’s no clear answer. Do right by yourself but do right by others far more.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I do tend to model after random little things I’ve observed mixed with the lightness of fantasy or surrealistic settings. I’m intrigued by little insignificant things or ideas. More often im drawn to what’s in the background of works and asking the ‘why’ a lot before the ‘what’. Growing up I remember not getting much information in the form of ‘why’ so it’s perhaps the reason my art has to describe the ‘why’ with such intricacy, as if to be understood and appreciated by a much younger mind. I believe art and psychology are so deeply intertwined that without it we’ll have lost our ability to connect with eachother. I only want to do my part in keeping the artist spirit alive and healthy until it can be passed on to the next generation of beautiful minds.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my most treasured places in the Houston area has to be in the town I grew up. A little antique store called Conroe Central Market- I’ve had endless fascination with this place as well as the entire downtown Conroe area. Candy Cane Park has a little gem called the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County that holds some of the town’s history. Of course the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a childhood favorite and finally, the shopping and recreation of the Woodlands area is always good.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My inspiration changes regularly as it always has. Sometimes it’s family, or a certain movie and other times it’s more abstract like a dream or even a location. I’ve always identified as an observer of life, no one thing can solely inspire me more than the other because the world is my muse.

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