My scars are my story and I am proud of them. I embrace the curious stares of strangers. Most of all, I hope they stare at my art and see that I am following my dreams."
It was in a hospital room as a child where Samantha began to create art. At nine months old, Samantha survived bacterial meningitis. The physical impact of the disease is apparent as her skin is scarred; she had fingers, toes and half of her right foot amputated. She spent much of her youth enduring reconstructive surgeries. As Samantha continued having surgeries, she also continued studying art. Although she has missing fingers she continued to pursue an art career by studying Fine Arts at the Columbus Collage of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio. Today, Samantha is a successful working artist also known as “Painter Sam”. Her artwork has received national media attention. Samantha’s story and art were featured on TLC's Angels Among Us, NYInk, she has interviewed on NBC, ABC and Fox and she’s also appeared in many printed publications. In 2011, Samantha was awarded “Mom of the Year” for her series Butterfly Portraits, art that is dedicated families that have lost a child. She began painting the series after losing their newborn son. Sam was the 2015 National Meningitis Association outstanding service honoree. Samantha's collection of art includes portraits, dog art, cityscape oil paintings and other pieces that reflect Samantha’s triumph over a her physical challenges and tragedies.
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Fellow survivor, Samantha Bennett, stops by to share her meningitis experience that begins as a 10-month-old baby and how the fast action of her family and an ER doctor helped her beat the odds. She recalls the countless months spent …