Photo of Carl J. SamsonAmerican figurative painter Carl Samson (b. 1961) is a repeat winner at the National Portrait Competition, winning both the Grand Prize and the Distinguished Achievement awards. In 1996, he was one of five American plein-air painters invited to work with the Union of Russian Artists in Moscow. In June of 2000, Samson lectured and demonstrated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as the American Society of Portrait Artists' Distinguished Guest of Honor. In summer 2009, his groundbreaking full length nude, Triumph of Truth, received the Phil Desind award for most outstanding representational painting at the Butler Institute of American Art’s annual Mid Year exhibition.

A Cincinnati resident since 1986, Carl Samson is a master realist painter whose work synthesizes a Sargent-like command of solid form with the color, light and atmosphere of the great American Impressionist tradition. Samson works and exhibits in an historic 1887 Queen Anne house near the Cincinnati Art Museum that was once the home and studio of Herman and Bessie Wessel, students of Frank Duveneck.


Carl J. Samson, Padme Resplendent with Naboo MandalaPadme Resplendent with Naboo Mandala, 24 x 20, oil with 22 & 23K gold leaf background on rare 1930s era chestnut panel.

Star Wars Art: Visions, Collection of George Lucas

Carl's painting of Natalie Portman can be found in the fine art book Star Wars Art: Visions published November 2010 by Abrams Books of NY.

The artists were personally selected by George Lucas for inclusion in the book written by Jonathan Rinzler, executive editor at Lucasfilm, Ltd.

  © Carl J. Samson, White Gown