Sami Ali

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“I love the challenge of plein air painting.”

Sami Ali is an emerging artist who credits her passion for painting to her curious nature and her love of a challenge. Born in Vietnam, her family fled to America as part of the American Embassy rooftop evacuation in 1975 during the fall of Saigon. She lived in Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois, Alabama and Louisiana before settling in Alaska, so through the years she learned to be adaptable, make friends, and find creative outlets for herself. Although she dabbled in other artistic pursuits over the years, it was not until she discovered oil painting that she felt a true outlet of expression. She never shies away from a challenge, so the challenge of alla prima painting, especially plein air painting, appealed to her sense of creativity and reward.

Her bold and whimsical approach to representational painting contributes to her modern style, as does her textural use of paint. Her mark making is mostly with palette knife. She loves working in a wide landscape format as she sees the world through this dynamic lens, and she finds portrait painting analogous to completing the Sunday NY Times Crossword.

Sami garnered international media attention in 2022 for her show “The Mind of a Healthcare Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, a collection 45 works (42 paintings and 3 sculptures) created during the pandemic. Please see the Menu above for the page about that show which is currently at its second venue.

She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and continues to practice at the busiest emergency room in Alaska. Sami spends most of her time between Alaska and Hawaii where she is inspired by the ocean, and when not painting she can be found either in the kitchen making homemade eggrolls or on the river salmon fishing. Her husband Steve is simultaneously her biggest fan and most vocal critic; and their dog, Bella, is her plein air painting companion.

Here's whats going on!

 August 17-20th
The Frame Shop Gallery Sale and Give-aways!
One of a kind Tie-dyes by Sally Troxell, ladies you will love her summer dresses!

August 17th & 18th 
3 - 6
Bruce Nelson will be signing the new 2022 Celebrate Kodiak Print “Inner Compass”
August 19th 
12 - 6
 Jim and Bonnie Dillard with
their original art and wood working
August 20th  
11 - 5
Hanna Sholl is popping-up
with her Kodiak crystals.

August 22-31st
10% off in-stock framing
Meet & Greet Friday September 2nd 5-7pm