Sam Toft

Sam likes to work with oil pastel crayons, that she applies very quickly. She then adds ink on top of the oil pastels which dries opaque, then she scrapes it off to give various textures. Most of Sam’s work is done on a small scale. Her quirky artwork incorporates her well-known characters – Ernest Mustard and Violet Mustard along with their eccentric pets and friends, is widely loved.

Sam graduated from Kingston Polytechnic with a BA in Applied Social Science (having transferred from a business sandwich degree with French). She moved up to Liverpool and did a BTEC in General Art and Design at City of Liverpool Community College where an inspirational teacher by the name of Hering gave her the confidence to give it a go with her pictures.

Sam has been working as an artist these past 12 years using mixed media: Oil pastels, coloured inks, scraffito and the innovative fingers-and-thumbs technique. Mr Mustard is so glad to have her drawing him in pictures, colouring them in so well and hardly ever going over the lines. She is delighted to have work published as cards and limited edition prints by The Art Group. Sam’s work can be seen nationwide in Waterstones, Borders and IKEA. An incredibly modest individual and would respectfully advise you, if you like her work at all, to buy one of her masterpieces sooner rather than later as if she gets any more famous you won’t be able to afford one.

“I am lucky that the accident of my birth left me at the edge of things – ever watchful, observant and compelled to link scenes and memories into some kind of narrative. Stripes, textures, delicious whiffs, children’s rhymes, eccentric characters, lovely hats, nostalgic tunes and beautiful dogs are all things that catch my attention and fuel my imagination. I am grateful to these favourite things that make my creativity possible, along with my eyes, my hands and especially my Mum.”