Master of Fine Arts, UC Davis, CA


Bachelor of Art, Central Wash. University, Ellensburg, WA

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Taking Notes, 420 Loft Gallery, Ellensburg, WA

This Way Home, Basecamp Books, Roslyn, WA


This Way Home, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA


Catalyst, Ellensburg, WA

Iron Horse, Ellensburg, WA


Gallery 421 Ellensburg, WA

The Jug, Ellensburg, WA


Gard Vinters, Ellensburg, WA


Wonder Stories, 420 Loft, Ellensburg, WA


Third Eye Tattoo, Ellensburg, WA


Anamorphosis, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA


Commencement Art Gallery, Tacoma, WA


Art at Mikes, San Francisco, CA

Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT


Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions


Kittitas Juried Show, Ellensburg, WA

This and Then That, Longmont, CO

Clymer Museum (sept 21)


Artists With Black Lives Matter, Seattle WA

Kittitas Juried Show, Ellensburg WA


Interstate, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Eburg

Larsen Gallery Invite, Larsen Gallery Yakima, WA

La Femme Locale, 420 Loft, Ellensburg

Kittitas County Juried Show, Gallery One


50th Anniversary Show, Gallery One

La Femme Locale, Gallery 420, Ellensburg, WA


Ball in Play: An Unconventional Putt Putt Experience,      Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA


A is for Artist, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA

Kittitas Juried Art Show, Ellensburg, WA

Kittitas County Democratic Headquarters, Ellensburg, WA

Roslyn Art Fair show, Roslyn, WA

Cut It Out, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA


Kittitas County Juried Show, Ellensburg, WA


Collective Visions Gallery Juried Show, Bremerton, WA

Kittitas County Juried Show, Ellensburg, WA


10 x 10, Mighty Tieton, Teiton, WA

Kittitas County Juried Show, Ellensburg, WA

Staff Show, Gallery One, Ellensburg, WA



CVG Group Show, Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA


Gallery 110 Group Show, Seattle, WA

Alumni Show, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Ellensburg, WA


Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN


4, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA


New American Paintings, National Printed Exhibition

Pacific Coast #25

Revolver, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA


Rhythm, Gesture, Metaphor, Creative Arts Workshop, New   Haven, CT

Deep Forest: When Urgency Becomes Form, Four Walls Gallery,  San    Francisco, CA 

Thesis Exhibition, Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA


Seven at 9, TB-9, Davis, CA


Quickie,  Basement Gallery, UC Davis, CA


2021 Best Of Show, Kittitas County Juried Show

          Curator: Phillipe Pirrip

2019 Best Of Show, Kittitas County Juried Show

2016 Honorable Mention, Cut it Out, Gallery One

2014 Eldean Adams award for Watercolor, Gallery One

2013 Mary Frances Award

1998 Best of Show, The Basement Gallery show

Public Art

2021 Oregon State Capitol, Sen. Kate Lieber's office

2020 Ellensburg Bus Stop glass panels


The Ellensburg Daily Record, March 2020  "Learning Landscapes", 

New American Paintings, 1999

News Tribune Tacoma, March 1999, "Dirty White Pop" by Alec Clayton

The New Haven Advocate, May 1998, "Whats the Word?"

The New York Times, May 10, 1998, "Painters Picks"

Artweek, March 1998  "Deep Forest"

Screenshot (15).png
palouse (2).jpg
thumbnail_image0 (2).jpg
thumbnail_image1 (1).jpg
Screenshot (54).png
thumbnail_image0 (3).jpg

I have always been fascinated by mark making. When I was in grade school I wrote in a special text I created by squaring off every curve in penmanship. I would turn in every assignment in this strange text that resembled 80s computer font. I took note in my mind constantly of the different ways people write and draw. One friend of mine used to peel back the corners of his notebook paper obsessively and worked so much on his very deliberate writing style that  every thing he turned in had this aged, intense feel. I'm not really sure other people noticed this, but I did. I would always try to copy the different ways people wrote, changing my signature and style depending on whatever fascinated me that week.  Many girls liked to use that bubble style of writing that instantly gave itself away as feminine. Sometimes with a heart for the dot on the “I”. There was a blend of boredom in mundane schoolwork and joy in the of the aesthetics of pencil on paper, ball point pen on a post it note, or the special way you might fold a note for a friend. I am tapping into these dormant memories of an analog world that is disappearing. The paintings are visual document of the act of trying to remember and make sense of memories, both personal and cultural and creating a space on the canvas that gives the images and text a home. I want them to recede and advance; to be both fresh and embedded with history. 

 Sam currently resides in the sleepy, college town of Ellensburg, WA. After receiving her MFA from UC Davis in 1998, she and her husband lived in and around Seattle until 2010 until their move to Ellensburg. There was a brief detour to Cleveland, Ohio in 2017 but the sweeping skies, rugged trails, and lack of people will keep her in Eastern Washington for the foreseeable future. The mash up of the polar opposite terrain and idealogies of the two sides of Washington is a constant source of inspiration.