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Sam Bissette Sam Bissette was born in Wilson, North Carolina, on August 10, 1921, and lived on the North Carolina coast in Wilmington since 1936. He had a banking career of fifty years and an overlapping career as an artist, which began in 1970.  His other serious interests included astronomy, photography, and North Carolina history.

Sam began painting actively in 1970 and sought
instruction at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Saint John's Museum of Art in Wilmington, and with watercolorist John Pike at Woodstock,
Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome
Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome
New York. He quickly adopted watercolor as his medium and placed in motion a career of more than thirty years, resulting in more than fifteen hundred finished works now distributed in forty-seven U.S. states and several foreign countries.

At the museum and arts association level, Sam served as a trustee of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a director of the North Carolina Art Society, a director of the North Carolina Watercolor Society, and president of Saint John's Museum of Art in Wilmington. His work has been recognized nationally by the American Watercolor Society and American Artist magazine. In the fields of amateur astronomy and history, his works and research have received recognition in North Carolina, as well as nationally and internationally.

Biographical references are available at larger libraries in the Marquis publications of Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World.

A more complete professional resumé
may be found here.

Sam died at his home in Wilmington on November 14, 2005 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife Ruby Bissette, his daughter Sabra Ledent, and his son David Bissette. Those who have known Sam may enjoy a few pictures of him at different points in his life. They may be viewed here.


North Carolina Astronomy Photography
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