A love for the culture of family, colour and traditional motifs are gems of inspiration for artist Sam Van. The history of colonization between the Dutch and Indonesians has led to the embracing of multiculturalism through a new beginning in Australia for our family. Iconic motifs such as chevron and flowers are culturally identifiable. They are used together here to celebrate both the strength and gentleness. Crossing waters to find our place, mutually shared experience has brought us a lot of joy. Sam Van in an Australian artist, with Dutch heritage. Mulit-disciplinary, qualified in Fine Arts at both Wollongong TAFE and College of Fine Arts UNSW. Featured genres include clay, painting and photography. As a photographer, the series ‘Shine’ came Top 100 out of 35 000 entrants for Australian Photographer of the Year.