21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2014 | Samuel Enriquez


Samuel Enriquez, It Runs on Hopes and Dreams, oil, 16 x 20.

Samuel Enriquez, It Runs on Hopes and Dreams, oil, 16 x 20.

Art Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine art from Pensacola Christian College.

Style: Representational.

Creative Spark: Song lyrics and children’s stories. People’s personalities and physical features. Random things in my environment and visual memories. But my ultimate inspiration is that I believe I am fulfilling a call from God. In this context, it is my observation that the world needs a strong dose of true beauty.

Second-Choice Career: Social worker, marine biologist, singer-songwriter, English teacher, or forensic medical examiner.

Other Passions: My wife, music, running, good stories, Spiderman.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I played the harmonica in a bluegrass band my senior year of high school.

Biggest Fear: Being locked in a dimly lit room full of clowns.

Pet Peeve: Those turn signals on cars that flash three times faster than all of the other ones.

Quirkiest Trait: My urge to dance at inopportune times. My facial expressions are also quirky. My wife tells me I stick my bottom lip out a lot.

Mantra or Motto: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Favorite Studio Music: Worship music, electronica, acoustic indie.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Anything by Daniel Gerhartz.

Future Goals: To own my own art studio that has programs for urban, at-risk youth.

Price Range: $100 to $4,000.

Representation: ElevenOne Studios, Lillington, NC; Charles Johnson Gallery, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

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