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Image by Paul Milosevich, Lubbock, Texas
Danny Garrett and Sam Yeates, 1983, taken in
Chris Sasser’s sign yard, just behind
Armadillo World Headquarters
Eleven years ago, Britney Samford, owner of Stop-n-Gogh Studio in Mabank, lost her sister, Courtney Howard, to cancer. The lights went out for Britney the day the 20-year-old died.
The women at the Cedar Creek Lake Women’s Club felt Samford’s pain when she told the emotional story Tuesday of how Courtney’s courage in life and death made her make choices in her own life.
“Courtney made me think about the crappy cards dealt to her,” said Samford. “It made me realize I had one chance at this life thing.”
Samford said because of Courtney she wanted to make her life interesting. She said she didn’t want to be average. She wanted to make a difference like her sister had.
After graduating from Mabank High School, Samford wasn’t sure what she would do with the rest of her life.
Britney said she often thinks about her sister.
“I ask myself what would Courtney do,” Britney said.
After working some dead-end jobs, Britney enrolled in college to get a graphic artist degree. While in college, she also received a degree in interior designing.
After working as an interior designer in Dallas, she knew she was wasting a lot of her life on driving to Dallas each day.
“I spent three hours a day driving back and forth. It just wasn’t worth it,” said Samford.
Eventually, after a lot of soul-searching and prayers, Britney was able to start her own art studio in her hometown of Mabank.
Samford told the women she is now able to make a living doing what she loves.
“I am an artist,” said Samford. “It took me a long time to admit I was an artist, but that is just what I am.”
These days, Samford has found herself somewhat of a celebrity in the Cedar Creek Lake area after painting a mural of Willie Nelson for President on the side of the Great American Package Store in Gun Barrel City.
The mural was an Internet sensation, with Willie Nelson sharing the painting on his own Facebook page.
“I still want to have my picture taken with Willie,” said Samford. “If anyone knows him, please hook me up with a picture.”
The mural of Nelson is just one of the murals painted by Samford on buildings around the Mabank and the Gun Barrel City areas.
Samford has finally found her zen in life. She’s happy, and often smiles about the life she has chosen.
Most days, Britney is in her studio painting or giving lessons.
“There is a different painting every week. The main thing is to relax, and have fun with it,” said Samford. “You cannot mess up. This workshop promotes artistic freedom, and offers a release from everyday stress that builds up. It’s all about relaxing and having fun in a very dynamic and creative atmosphere.”
Britney says she is now making about half the money she made in her early 20s, but says she is much happier.
A lesson learned from her sister Courtney, “Life is too short to be stressed out all the time.”
Thank you to friend and artist Stewart Patton for sharing his most recent Willie Nelson drawing.
by: Scott Perry