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Sam Vokey is an oil painter who spe­cial­izes in land­scapes and still life’s and com­mis­sioned cus­tom paint­ings.

Sam has been a suc­cess­ful artist for more than 25 years. He is an elect­ed mem­ber of The Guild Of Boston Artists and has won the des­ig­na­tion of Cop­ley Mas­ter from the Cop­ley Soci­ety of Boston. He is a grad­u­ate of Bow­doin Col­lege in Maine and Mid­dle­sex School in Con­cord, MA.

He attend­ed the R.H.Ives Gam­mell Ate­lier in Boston for four years. This was a Euro­pean style ate­lier schol­ar­ship pro­gram that only admit­ted 5 stu­dents at a time. Those stu­dents worked close­ly with a mas­ter painter to learn the fun­da­men­tals of paint­ing still life, land­scape, por­trait and fig­u­ra­tive work.

His paint­ing style is most close­ly asso­ci­at­ed with the Boston School tra­di­tion of paint­ing which cross­es Real­ism with some of the soft­er edges and painter­ly qual­i­ties of Impres­sion­ism. Vokey’s still life’s and land­scapes demon­strate a strong con­sid­er­a­tion for cre­at­ing bal­ance between the over­all com­po­si­tion and the light and dark val­ues in his paint­ings.

Sam has had many one-man and group shows at dif­fer­ent gal­leries includ­ing most recent­ly at: The Guild Of Boston Artists, Boston Ma.; Pow­ers Gallery, Acton, Ma.; and Tree’s Place, Orleans, Ma. See a list of his gal­leries at www.samvokey.com


In 2012, Sam received the Frank Ben­son Award at The Guild of Boston Artists for the sec­ond time. He has also won the R.H.Ives Gam­mell Award, and in 2009, he won the pres­ti­gious Edmund Tar­bell Award, an hon­or giv­en to first prize in paint­ing at the annu­al All Mem­bers event held each spring. At the Cop­ley Soci­ety of Boston, he has won numer­ous awards, includ­ing the sta­tus of Cop­ley Mas­ter; In 2007, Sam was award­ed the Copley’s John Sin­gle­ton Cop­ley Award, the high­est hon­or giv­en by the Cop­ley Soci­ety.


Mr Vokey’s paint­ings have been includ­ed in many books and mag­a­zines includ­ing the cov­er of the book The Boston School pub­lished by Blue Tree Press. He was also the cov­er artist of the 2005 issue of Amer­i­can Artist mag­a­zine.


In 2006, one of Vokey’s still life paint­ings was acquired by The Cape Cod Muse­um of Art for the per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. His paint­ings can be found in numer­ous cor­po­rate and pri­vate col­lec­tions includ­ing Boston Pri­vate Bank, Bank of Amer­i­ca, Mer­rill Lynch, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lib­er­ty Mutu­al, Mered­ith and Grew, Mar­riott Hotels, and The Smuck­ers Com­pa­ny. Hen­ry Kravis of KKR & Co. attend­ed a show and bought 2 paint­ings. Vokey’s paint­ings can also be found in pri­vate col­lec­tions nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly includ­ing the pri­vate col­lec­tion of a Unit­ed States Sen­a­tor and the for­mer Pres­i­dent of Ire­land and the for­mer Pres­i­dent of Uruguay. Boston Col­lege and Mid­dle­sex School have both acquired his work.


Novem­ber 2018 One-man show “Water & Light” at The Guild Of Boston Artists Gallery, Boston.

Sept 2016 Tree’s Place, Orleans Ma. Plein Air Influ­ences — 4-per­son land­scape show.

Sum­mer 2016 Bryan Memo­r­i­al Gallery, Jef­fer­son, Vt. Group show fea­tur­ing Robert Dou­glas Hunter And His Stu­dents.

August 2015 Tree’s Place. Sum­mer Delight — 2-per­son show of land­scapes and still life’s.

Novem­ber 2013 One-man show at Pow­ers Gallery, Acton, Ma. “Thir­ty New Paint­ings” fea­tur­ing still life’s and land­scapes.

Novem­ber 2011 One-man show at Pow­ers gallery.

October/November 2009 One-man show at Pow­ers Gallery.

Decem­ber 2009 One-man show at The Guild Of Boston Artists.

July 2002 Tree’s Place Solo exhib­it.

May 2002 Pow­ers gallery Group Show of still life’s.

Novem­ber 2001 Cop­ley Soci­ety of Boston “Patron’s Choice” Invi­ta­tion­al Group Show of some of New England’s most renowned artists work­ing in the realm of real­ism.

August 2000 Tree’s Place Solo Exhib­it.

1999 Har­vard Club of Boston “New Eng­land Impres­sions” Invi­ta­tion­al Group Show.

1998 Attle­boro Muse­um “New Eng­land Impres­sions” Invi­a­tion­al Group Show.

Oth­er exhi­bi­tions include shows at the St Botolph Club, Vose Gal­leries, Mid­dle­sex School, Brock­ton Art Muse­um, Con­cord Art Assoc. and oth­ers.


My goal is to ignite human imag­i­na­tion and to stim­u­late thought and emo­tion by engag­ing my view­er in the land­scape that I observe.

When I make a paint­ing I am most inter­est­ed in cre­at­ing a design that will cap­ti­vate the eye of the view­er and draw them into my world. Col­or, form and draw­ing are all impor­tant in con­jur­ing my impres­sion of real­i­ty but adding all this to a struc­ture of design that is strong in bal­ance and rhythm cre­ates a uni­fied expres­sion of visu­al pow­er.

I strive for accu­ra­cy and truth in my work but not the truth of cap­tur­ing every detail like in a pho­to­graph. Instead, I am inter­pret­ing what I see and using the paint to imply detail. This is a more impres­sion­is­tic approach and I believe that it is a way to engage the audi­ence because the view­er is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the artist by fill­ing in the details with their own mind.

The rhythms and sub­tleties that I observe in nature are the qual­i­ties that I want in my work . I think in terms of build­ing a paint­ing in lay­ers of abstract shapes — pat­terns and rhythms that repeat in a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent but sim­i­lar ways. In this way a paint­ing can devel­op into some­thing with depth and weight that has the essence of Nature in the paint.