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A Portrait of North Carolina
The following are from an exhibition of forty watercolors depicting a panorama of life in the Tar Heel State in the late 1900s. It was commissioned by the Wachovia Bank and exhibited throughout North Carolina for two years before permanent exhibition at the Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem.

The Swimming Hole
The Swimming Hole

Fouth and Dock Streets, Wilmington
Fourth and Dock Streets,
Wilmington, NC


Sunrise at Wrightsville
Sunrise at Wrightsville

Biltmore House, Asheville
Biltmore House, Asheville

North Carolina - Circa 1900

These paintings are from an exhibition of thirty-five watercolors depicting North Carolina at the turn of the twentieth century. It was shown throughout North Carolina for four years and is now on loan to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Conneleys Ford, Swannanoa River Conneley's Ford,
Swannanoa River


Four Gentlemen of Leisure
Four Gentlemen of Leisure

Sunshine and Shadow
Sunshine and Shadow

Croatan Sound
Croatan Sound,
North Carolina

Dismal Swamp Canal at South Mills Dismal Swamp Canal
at South Mills



In the Woosley Barn
In the Woosley Barn

Wright Brothers Wright Brothers
at Kitty Hawk



Other North Carolina Paintings

Wilmington is one of the more historic cities in the United States. Exploration of the area dates from the 1500s, and the settlements there led to the founding of Wilmington in 1732. The city was prominent in both the Revolutionary War and the War Between the States. The works that follow reflect the pride and love that Sam developed for Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear area after his arrival in 1936, as well as his interest in other parts of the state.

Skyline of Wilmington - 1937
Skyline of Wilmington - 1937

Southport Morning
Southport Morning

Fishing Boat at Southport Fishing Boat at Southport

Mountain Farm in NC
Mountain Farm in
North Carolina



Wash House at the Barefoot Farm Wash House at the
Barefoot Farm


Old Well at Chapel Hill
Old Well at Chapel Hill


Additional Works

Sam also has completed several other types of projects related to the history of the Wilmington and Lower Cape Fear area that are available in Wilmington libraries:
  • "Voices of the Cape Fear: An Oral History of New Hanover County" - Audiotaped interviews with thirty-four individuals selected for their importance in the life and culture of this area during the twentieth century. Available in the New Hanover County Public Library and Randall Library, University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
  • "Historic Inscriptions of the Cape Fear" - A photographic catalog of the markers and monuments of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Available in the New Hanover County Public Library (1998).
  • "A Pictorial History of the Cape Fear: Wilmington and New Hanover County" - A photographic panorama of more than 400 photos depicting the life and events of the year 1997. Available in the New Hanover County Public Library.
  • "A Tribute to Oakdale" - A 22-minute audio-visual presentation about Wilmington's historic cemetery. Available in the New Hanover County Public Library.

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