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Welcome to Sam Robinson Fine Art. I live in the Greenspring Valley of Baltimore County, Maryland, on a small part of Burnside Farm, a property my family has lived on since 1860. Most of the original property has long since passed out of the family, but I am fortunate to have my home and studio in a collection of period buildings in a still largely rural setting. I am near some of Maryland’s great Hunt Country, and the site of several of our Point to Point and Timber races. A short drive away are Pimlico Racecourse, home of the Preakness, and the legendary Sagamore Farms, so I am well situated for a Sporting Artist. The surrounding landscape is rolling hills and valleys with great hardwood trees, populated with horse farms and estates. The subjects found in my work are all a regular part of the life around me. My studio is the center of my working life, but I can be found behind my easel at most races, or painting plein air in our beautiful valleys, Greenspring, Caves, Worthington, and Western Run. Virginia, Pennsylvania and our Eastern Shore offer many more places and events to paint.

The most natural way to paint these subjects is a fluent painterly realism. I try to get what I am after as directly as I can. Speed is essential to sketching on location, but it takes several canvasses to develop these impressions into large studio pieces with more satisfying design and form. The work I show is selected from subjects that I find compelling. I look for the great moments in racing, but also love to explore the backside of the scene, grooms, stables, the routines of training and the folks who do the work. 

Sam Robinson