Samuel L Paden was born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and Swedish mother. After many years spent in Brooklyn, New York and overseas in Reykjavik, Iceland, he now lives in Garden City, Idaho. “I use this diverse background to pursue a simple statement of the self, land, and elements," said Paden. "My work shifts from the interior energies of abstract figures to the outward forms of landscape. This movement reflects my artistic process and the catalyst for painting."