Hi there! I’m Sam Bernal. I was born during the summer of 1984 in Southern California. The LA Summer Olympics were in full swing and the space shuttle Discovery was about to make its first launch through the atmosphere.
When I was very young my Mom worked at a run-away teen shelter in Laguna Beach. She would stay overnight, so I would spend a few days a week at my Grandma’s house in Huntington Beach. I can still remember my Mom pulling me out of nap time at my pre-school. I’d strut past all the other cots and see my classmates peeking out at me, just wishing they could escape nap time too. I’d climb in the back of her old white VW Carmen Ghia. It was filled with the smell of old musty vinyl seats with a Coppertone sticker on the back window. We’d hit the freeway and start cruising to Huntington. That’s where I found my love of the ocean, sand and the smell of salty air. I never imagined at the time it would become such a strong focus in the art career I had yet to dream of.
As an artist, I create to share. I’m a conduit for universal consciousness, as we all are, and I contribute to this wonderful universe through my art. If you ever noticed a beautiful sunset, or been in the “zone,” a part of you knows what it feels like to be connected to source energy. When I create I simply allow the paintings to happen. Its as easy as letting go of all thought and just waiting in simple alert presence. Then I start painting and its off to the races.