Nelson Suter Art Society

to promote and encourage the cultivation and production of work in the visual arts

Samantha Allen

I am a self-taught acrylic painter based in Nelson. I take note from the surrealist, cubist and abstract art movements.


My work is inspired by notions of self, stability in the sense of home and belonging, and critical self-reflection. Increasingly, I am also drawing inspiration from the tangled and often awry thoughts and thought processes we have in the more difficult moments of the human experience.


I have always painted, but I particularly started developing my style in my University years studying Gender Studies and Sociology, and then onto law. After I finished my law degree in 2016, I continued to paint as I lived in Wellington, Tauranga and Nelson, balancing painting with forging my litigation career in family and then criminal law.


Since moving to Nelson in mid-2019, painting has had a more formal place in my day to day life. I have been exhibiting since 2021. For more information, you can visit my website: