Samantha spent much of her childhood on horseback. She competed nationally in barrel racing events and was a member of her university rodeo team. While a freshman in college, she took her first art class and quickly decided to pursue a degree in art. After graduating with a BFA in Studio Art, she was accepted into the Masters of Fine Art program at the Memphis College of Art. She followed her MFA degree with a second Masters (MAT) also from MCA.
Drawing upon her equestrian past (and present) horse forms and fragments become the language through which these ideas are explored and articulated. “Horses have always been my point of entry into the world, a way of framing, questioning, understanding, connecting and commemorating,” she explains. Within her work, the horse is symbolic and provides the distance and vocabulary necessary for her to explore deeply personal issues and motifs.
Samantha’s work examines the relationships between memory, family, and identity. Despite variations in style and media, the work is unified by theme and subject. The lines and layers facilitate exploration between the simultaneous fragmentation and connection of ideas and images.
Samantha is a full-time artist living in Tennessee with her husband, three dogs, and a six-year-old Quarter Horse, Sunfire-N-Frost (aka Sonny) she bred, raised, and trained. She exhibits her work nationally at museums and galleries; most recently as part of the Cowgirl Up! exhibition, Mountain Oyster Contemporary Art Show & Sale, The Western Spirit Art Show, and America's Horse in Art.