YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT CREATED
Have your family portrait made
Be included in a major portrait (like Churchill)
Become a record breaker
breaking PICASSO'S WORLD RECORD
Each week, for 54 weeks, I'll paint one physical portrait & 250 digital portraits
Of someone who overcame setbacks to find their greatness
To break Picassos world record for the most hand made portraits created (13,500).
Hoping to make great art, with a fun story that you can be part of.
portraits of resolve
Portraits telling stories of set backs & grit to teach parents & kids to overcome obstacles so they can find their greatness.
CHURCHILL'S STORY OF
1893 - Failed entrance exam for Military College, twice
1899 - Defeated: election as member of parliament (MP)
1911 - Head of the British navy
1915 - Oversaw WWI military failure of Gallipoli (130,000 dead)
1915 - Resigned: Head of the British navy
1922 - Defeated: election as member of parliament (MP)
1924 - Re-elected: MP & Chancellor
1930 - Political outcast through the 1930s
1940 - Led England through WWII as Prime Minister
1945 - Defeated: Election for Prime Minister
1950 - Defeated: Election for Prime Minister
1951 - Wins election to become Prime Minister
1953 - Wins the Nobel Prize for literature
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I'm Sam Barnett. In 2016 I took my young daughters to a playground in San Francisco. My girls joined the pack of kids running riot who were between 5 and 9 years old. I fell into a daydream but was startled awake when the mob of kids began playing 'grown ups' and pretending to work at tech companies. Dumbfounded at this bizarre sight, my body made an involuntary jerk. I did a double take. WTF.I had built tech companies for 12 years and my kids were being brought up in this warped yet brilliant world. Worried that my professional choices in tech were distorting my girls' outlook on the world - I realized I needed to expand their horizons so they could find their own paths.My daughters and I began reading about people who had led remarkable lives. I hoped my girls would be inspired to find their own gifts and passions in life through stories of ordinary people they could relate to, who had shown extraordinary resolve to follow a path that was true to them.Together we painted these remarkable people’s portraits on canvas and 50 foot murals across San Francisco. I secretly hoped that the grit, courage and purpose of these amazing people would magically seep into my girls. I told myself I was doing this as a responsible father - to enable and empower my daughters.Years later I realised that was BS - I was actually doing it for myself. I was unconsciously hoping that I would absorb some of these people’s courage & resolve so that I could break new ground personally, moving away from my life building tech companies to become - what I was too embarrassed to admit - a full time artist.In 2020, I organised the world’s largest ever art lesson which broke the Guinness World Record (48,000 people attended).In 2021, I left my life in technology and became a full time artist.In 2022, I began the Resolve project to inspire each of us to break new ground.
DULL PROFFESSIONAL STUFF
President & Partner at Entrepreneur First (EF).
EF created the first pre-seed VC which invests in the best technology talent to build startups from scratch. EF is backed by the world’s leading tech company founders (Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, The Collison brothers etc).Chief Product Officer at Quantcast.
Responsible for ~$400m of annual product revenue and some of the most widely used technology tools on the internet.Founder & CEO at Struq.
Personalizing the Internet with AI. Scaled across Europe and the US. Acquired by Quantcast.Organized the Guinness World Record: Largest Ever Art Lesson
Broke the record: 70,000 registered - 48,000 attended. Key Learnings here.McDonalds
Fired twice - once for burning buns.Artist
Trained under Alex Tzavaras, Julian Tejera, Panagiotis Chavatzas, Mostafa Darwish & Seppe De Meyere.