Samantha Bennett

Location: 
Gahanna, OH
04/19/2014 - 1:56pm

Samantha Bennett's second solo show at Hayley Gallery, "Cities and Neighborhoods," will be on display through April 23, 2014.

"My scars are my story and I am proud of them. I embrace the curious stares of strangers. Most of all, I hope they look at my art and see that I am following my dreams." 

It was in a hospital room as a child that Samantha first began to create art. At 9 months old, she survived a life-threatening battle with bacterial meningitis. As a result, Samantha spent much of her youth enduring reconstructive surgeries. The physical impact of the disease is apparent; scars cover much of her skin, and she is missing several fingers and toes and half of her right foot.

Samantha began studying art at a young age and went on study painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Today, she is a successful working artist also known as “PainterSam.” Samantha and her artwork have received regional and national media attention, including features on TLC's NYInk; NBC, ABC and Fox news; and in various publications. Samantha also appeared in the documentary “The Everyday People Project.”

As an adult, Samantha experienced another profound tragedy when she lost her two day old son. She then developed “Butterfly Portraits,” a series of paintings dedicated to families that have lost a child. Samantha now creates these portraits for families all over the world. She was honored as “Mom of the Year” for this series.

The scars left by Samantha’s experiences have inspired her and informed her artwork. Her work often reflects Samantha’s life and explores how our scars, whether external or internal, make us who we are. Her collection includes commissioned paintings, memorial portraits of iconic figures as well as cityscapes, landscapes and floral paintings that are meaningful to Samantha.

Currently Samantha works from her studio in Gahanna, Ohio and shows art with Hayley Gallery in New Albany, Ohio. Samantha is a spokesperson for the National Meningitis Association helping to raise awareness about bacterial meningitis and its prevention.