Debbie Sampson’s artwork captures the triumph and energy of sporting events through oil on canvas as well as in graphite pieces. She works closely with each client to develop unique pieces of art, ensuring complete satisfaction. Attention to detail makes her a popular choice for professional athletes, their fans, and for corporations.
Taking up brushes at a very young age, Deb was given private oil painting lessons for about a year. This has been her only formal training. At age 14 she did her first published piece in the Quarter Horse Journal. After moving to Florida from New York she took a hiatus from her art and, while in high school, she concentrated on her passion for showing her horse at hunter/jumper shows. Eventually she again picked up her brushes, painting wildlife and showing her work while running her martial arts studio.
In the late 1990’s while showing her work during major sporting events, her paintings gained national recognition with appearances on CNN, ESPN, and on local channels. Numerous articles covering her artistic accomplishments appeared in USA Today, The Miami Herald, and The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. Her work has appeared on covers of major publications such as ‘The Sports Collectible Digest’ and 'Dan's Papers' (Weekly publication, New York City and The Hampton's). Her pieces have been selected for Official Posters for the ‘Dressage on The First Coast FEI Great American/USDF Region 3 Championships’ (held in Jacksonville, Florida 2005), ‘The Aventura Festival of the Arts’ (Aventura, Florida 1994), and a Limited Edition lithograph of Scott Mellanby distributed by the Florida Panthers Hockey Club.
Debbie’s motivation for painting professional athletes evolved as a personal choice from an aesthetically pleasing piece designed for her studio in 1993. She sold the piece to a major league player and this was this epiphany that led her to carve out an enjoyable and successful career. The rest is art/sports history.