Sam is a mostly self-taught painter. She is inspired by color and the deeply soulful, discovery process of being in the moment with the materials and the imagery as it arises. Her approach is spontaneous and playful. Sam lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two dogs: Dash, a black bundle of long-haired adorableness and Ram (rhymes with "mom"), a sleek brown chihuahua-terrier mix with a very long tongue. Dogs often show up in her paintings because, life is not complete unless there's a dog "in the picture".