In September 2019 Sami (Samiarto) Suomalainen, suddenly
and unexpectedly, passed away--grieving the loss of his wife
just a few months before.
The World lost a talented Fine Artist, a Portrait Painter,
a Book Illustrator, and an Advertising Illustrator who created
with wonderful free sense of Originality. Most regrettably, I
also lost a long-time friend I've worked with for over 30+ years,
and a dear client.
In memory of Sami, I have taken it upon myself to keep some
of his artistic light alive by continuing to host his website
as a memory of his work to those who knew him.
Numerous collections in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia
have his paintings, including the Canadian Art Archives in Ottawa.
Govenor General of Canada and President of Finland are also proud
owners of Sami's art.
Naturally, some of the text within it has been changed to reflect
the current situation, but in essence, this was the last website
I created for my client and friend. It was revised in January
2019 to coincide with two gallery showings he was having.