Sam sat in on his first college art class at Kendall College of Art and Design with his mother before he was born. On his father's side he is related to Vincent Van Gogh, so it could be said that his compulsion to create art is an unavoidable part of who he is. Sam studied fine art at Ball State University and learned the art of wood sculpture while apprenticing with master sculptor Leslie Scruggs. Sam works primarily in subtractive wood sculpture using gouges, rasps, chainsaws, grinders, sandpaper, and other woodworking tools. His work is heavily inspired by the lines, forms, and movements of nature.  


2017 Ashes IV, Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson MI 
2017 Cedar Walker Variations II, University of Toledo, Toledo OH
2017 Ashes V, John D. Whittersheim Sculpture Park, Adrian MI
2017 Miniature Art Invitational Showcase, Safari Club International, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas NV
2016 1 in 4 Exhibition, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2016 100 Sculptors x 100 Sculptures, Ella Sharp Art Museum, Jackson MI
2016 Whitetail Variations, Helios Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI
2016 Art Pickers, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2016 Insight, Helios Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI 
2016 Open Studio, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2015 ArtFordables, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2015 Stewardship and Sustainability, ArtPrize International Exhibition, Calvin College 
2015 Sustainable Harvest, University Gallery, Mt. Pleasant MI
2015 Art Walk Central Preview, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2014 Ashes, ArtPrize International Exhibition, the B.O.B., Grand Rapids MI
2014 Art Snake Artist Studio Tour, Group Exhibition, Onekama MI
2013 Treescapes, Gallery Exhibition, 515 Gallery, Clare MI
2013 The Trophy Room, ArtPrize International Exhibition, the B.O.B., Grand Rapids MI
2012 Forest, ArtPrize International Exhibition, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids MI

​Ball State University Fine Art Major, 1999-2004
Apprenticeship with Master Sculptor Les Scruggs, 2002