Competitive By Nature
From searching for the perfect lines around the race circuit to trying to create the perfect lines in design, Sam has been on the pursuit of perfection since the age of 5 when his father encouraged him to start riding motorcycles. With his Dad’s constant support throughout the years from dirt track to supermotard and several years later and his Spray painting trade under his belt he commenced road racing.
Sam began racing his fathers post classic XS650 Yamaha and his commitment paid off winning an Australian Title in the Period 4 Post Classic Section on the underpowered Yamaha. Sam pursued his dream of winning by investing his savings into a new Kawasaki ZX6R and thrived in the world of racing.
Sam credits his grandmother for his creativity. From the moment he was born he was surrounded by her beautiful works of art that she poured all her passion into. Nana (V.N. Merritt) would always get the paints out and share her knowledge with Sam but he didn’t really take to painting flowers with watercolors.
Although, it definitely led him down the own path of creativity and he drew his first motorbike at the age of 4. This went on for some years, drawing his idols on the race tracks and the classic race bikes his dad built. At 14 years a good friend introduced sam to airbrushing and taught him a few tricks and continued to practice this skill. School finished and it just seemed a good idea to take on a spray painting apprenticeship. The art of airbrushing began to blend with spray paint, but he was still to find his niche.
Then at 26 years while at a bike show with his Dad they spotted a GSX1100 which just blew his mind. His Dad knew of one for sale so by the end of the week they had fully stripped the GSX back to the frame and began rebuilding this old GSX1100 which was named Bumble Bee. Sam’s imagination was unleashed and felt so gratified with the simplicity the way the colors came together, he knew this was the start of a new adventure, this new approach to design, creativity, and painting would forge the way into his future career.
"The level of attention to detail Sam puts into his work is incredible.
I would and have recommended his services to many people."
- James Campbell (Facebook Review)