Throughout her life, Samantha has pursued a passion and profession in the visual arts. Originally from the southwestern part of Virginia, Samantha earned a BA in Art from Virginia Tech then continued onto Radford University to seek her MFA. Early in her career, she worked as a graphic designer at Radford University, later transitioning into the art director position at Wake Forest University. Following her visual interests and growth as an artist, Samantha entered a new career in painting in 2010. Throughout the southeast, she has exhibited paintings in juried shows and festivals. In her work, Samantha explores relationships between texture, color and subjects while continuing her pursuit of excellence in painting. She lives and works in Chesapeake, Va.

selected juried exhibitions

2016  8th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, Va.
                  3rd place Award
          Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va., 
          Small Works Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va., invitational
2015  7th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, Va.
           Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va., 
                  Realist Painting Award
           Realism, Abstract and Non-Objective Exhibition,
                  The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va., invitational
           Figure50.com, season 4, selected to represent the state of Virginia
2014  6th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition, ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, Va., 
                  First Prize, Honorable Mention
           5th Annual Women Painting Women Juried Exhibition, Principle Gallery, Charleston, S.C.
           Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va.,
                  Award of Distinction
           Virginia Highlands Festival Fine Arts Exhibition, Abingdon, Va., Award of Distinction
2013  5th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition; ArtSpace Herndon, Herndon, Va.,
                  Honorable Mention
           Virginia Highlands Festival Fine Arts Exhibition, Abingdon, Va. 
2012  Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition, The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, Va.
           Virginia Highlands Festival Fine Arts Exhibition, Abingdon, Va., Honorable Mention
2011   Virginia Highlands Festival Fine Arts Exhibition, Abingdon, Va., Honorable Mention
2010  Norfolk Plein Air Paint Out Juried Exhibition, Norfolk, Va.
           Ballet Virginia International’s Artists Supporting the Arts Gala Juried Exhibition, Norfolk, Va.