Samuel Durkin merges the abstract with the impressionistic; while striking a balance between identifiable images and their obliteration. The use of acrylics in Sam's work incorporates mixing colours directly on the canvas. He restricts his palette to the three primary colours of cyan, magenta and yellow, believing that using these pure points in the colour spectrum generates vibrant control over his technique, and an expressiveness that cannot be replicated easily due to the immediacy of the creation. He uses large brushes and detail is inferred rather than painted. By painting over and over again, layers build up and the image becomes an average of the what we may perceive. The illusion happens in our minds, and we the viewers create the final painting. He has become best know for his nudes and cityscape painting.
The focus is always on the painting technique and the beauty of form. This style was developed during many months of pure painting and experimentation, trying to reach something beyond reality, and yet within reality. Whilst inspired by many artists it was the impressionists and Claude Monet in particular that had one of the most profound impacts on Sam's early work. This influence is still evident in his style today. But the journey of Mondrian from his impressionists depictions, such as "Avond (Evening); Red Tree" through to his later cubist pieces "Composition with Red Blue Yellow" , led Sam to believe that for a truly distinctive and personal style to emerge an artist must also travel a creative journey. To this end he has taken on an evolutionary way of working. Each successful piece he creates becomes the parent to new works, and these in turn lead to further "children"and so, the style develops naturally.