Artist : Sam Toft
Limited Edition Prints - Sam Toft
Born in June 1964, Sam Toft’s ambition when she was a little girl was to work in the post office. But through all the odd jobs she’s had in her lifetime, including being a fire extinguisher salesman, silver service waitress, death grants advisor, catering manager, civil servant, student, au pair and job seeker, she never did manage to get a job in the post office! Similarly Sam has lived in 10 English towns, 1 French town and has now returned to England living in Brighton.
After graduating Sam had a varied career finally deciding she needed a change in direction so moved to Liverpool and did a BTEC in General Art and Design at the City of Liverpool Community College where an inspirational tutor by the name of Hering gave her the confidence to fully explore her talent for drawing.
For the past twelve years Sam has been working as a mixed media artist, employing various techniques such as oil pastels, coloured inks, scrafitto and the innovative finger-and-thumb technique.
Sam Toft is most well known for her series of pictures featuring the character Mr Mustard, whom she met a while back dawdling along the sea front. Mr Mustard dons a bright mustard yellow coat and is always featured with his back to the audience, walking along the coastal scene doing various activities such as carrying balloons, walking the dog, cycling and looking up to the horizon. His dog Doris is never far behind.
‘Never a day goes by when I do not thank my lucky stars for what I do. I see myself as an incredibly fortunate person. I make my living from drawing a whole bunch of my imaginary friends.’