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Faculty: Sam Paonessa

Sam Paonessa,
Sam Paonessa is a professional artist with a creative career spanning over 35 years. Upon graduation from the Ontario College of Art, he worked as an illustrator for one of Canada's largest commercial art studios, TDF Artists, and subsequently joined Hallmark Cards Canada in roles of illustrator and later, art director. Widely exhibited and awarded, Sam has gained the attention of both corporate and private fine art collectors across North America and abroad. The Museo di Cultura in Pescara, Italy has one of his landscape paintings in its permanent collection. His coin design, Canadian Icons, was selected as a finalist for the Royal Canadian Mint 2017 150th Collection commemorating Canada's anniversary as a nation. In 2018 Sam was awarded Best Water for his painting in the February /March Plein Air magazine competition. www.sampaonessa.com

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