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Sam began his art career in 1970. He studied art at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, at Saint John's Museum of Art in Wilmington, and with watercolorist John Pike in Woodstock, New York, in 1972 and 1975. He entered the art field professionally in 1975, specializing in watercolor as his principal medium. Over his thirty-year art career, he has painted for pleasure, to fulfill commission work, and to create a sales inventory. His subject matter has been wide-ranging, but excludes portraiture. Material for his works has come from local sources and field trips throughout the United States and abroad.

His body of original artwork now numbers more than fifteen hundred, located in forty-seven states in the United States and nine countries abroad. He has had sixty-seven one-man exhibitions in his career. Although he retired from the profession in 1991, he continues to paint from the best of his material and occasionally accept commissions.

SELECTED SERVICE CONTRIBUTIONS TO ART
Trustee, North Carolina Museum of Art
President and Director, Saint John's Museum of Art, Wilmington
Vice-President and Director, N.C. Watercolor Society
Director, North Carolina Art Society
Chairman, 41st. N.C. Museum of Art Competition
Judge, Ninth Lynchburg Art Festival, Lynchburg, Va.
Judge, N.C. Watercolor Society State Competition

SELECTED PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Broyhill Industries, Lenoir, N.C.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, Va.
Governor's Mansion, Raleigh, N.C.
Hunt Manufacturing Co. (Speedball), Philadelphia, Pa.
Rauch Industries, Gastonia, N.C.
Wachovia Bank, Winston-Salem, N.C.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
Belk-Beery Company, Wilmington, N.C.
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
First Union National Bank, Charlotte, N.C.
International Nickel Company, Toronto, Canada
Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, Raleigh, N.C.
United Carolina Bank, Whiteville, N.C.
Wachovia Bank, Winston-Salem, N.C.

PUBLIC ACCEPTANCE OF WORKS
First Place Award, N.C. Watercolor Competition, 1975
Six other state competition awards in the 1970s
One of 75 national artists, U.S. Watercolor Open, 1983
Honored by the American Watercolor Society, 1985, for outstanding achievements.
Interview, "N.C. People," PBS, Dr. William Friday, 1985
American Artist magazine, feature article, 1984
Who's Who in American Art (Marquis)
State magazine, cover and feature article, 1984


MAJOR ART PROJECTS AND EXHIBITIONS
Mosaics for exterior of Belk-Beery Co., Wilmington
"A Portrait of North Carolina," 1975, commissioned by Wachovia Bank
"The Universe According to Earth," 60-painting science exhibition, 1991, owned by University of North Carolina at Wilmington
"Images from the Micro World," science exhibition, owned by University of North Carolina at Wilmington
"North Carolina circa 1900," traveling exhibition on N.C. history, 1982

North Carolina Astronomy Photography
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