Born in California but raised a nomad, Samantha spent her childhood moving between the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Belgium, and Egypt. She returned to the United States to attend Rhode Island School of Design, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in 2000. Since then, Samantha’s illustrations have been published in various magazines and newspapers which include Juxtapoz, BUST, The Kathmandu Post, USA Today, DestinAsian, Jackson Hole Magazine, and Inked. One of the founding members of Urban Sketchers, Samantha never travels without a sketchbook and a pencil to capture the world around her, focusing in particular on drawing the portraits of people she meets along the way. She is currently developing these sketches into a series of large-scale ink portraits of people from Eastern Anatolia and Western Turkey.
2015 Rendez-vous du Carnets de Voyages, Polydôme, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2014 Carnets de Voyages en Orient, Centre Culturel Bellegarde, Toulouse, France
2011 Moly-X, Minnesota Center for Book Arts Minneapolis, MN USA
2011 The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library Brooklyn, NY USA
2009 Dona, Espai Cromàtic Tarragona, Spain
2009 Mischief, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
2009 Tiny, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
2008 What I’d Rather Be Doing, The One Club New York City, NY USA
2008 Mischief, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
2008 Tiny, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
2007 Mischief, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
2007 Tiny, Studio Gallery San Francisco, CA USA
Creative Sketching Workshop: Inspiration, Tips and Exercises for Sketching on the Move
by Pete Scully. North Light Books. 2015.
“Harika— Exploring the Wonders of the East”, RISD XYZ. Spring / Summer 2013.
The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World
by Gabriel Campanario. Quarry Books. 2012.
“Once is Never Enough”, The Kathmandu Post. January 14, 2012.
“Artist’s Impression”, DestinAsian Magazine. October 2011.