Jean Sampson has distinguished herself as a poet as well as a painter and teacher. She was the featured artist/poetry for the Fall 2005 edition of Streetlight and has been nominated for a Pushcart prize. A self taught poet, she relies on her image-making ability and her love of words for the crafting of poems. Jean’s evocative abstract paintings sell in local galleries, venues in New York and High Point, NC, where her paintings are featured in commercial showrooms and interior designer’s staging.
She studied painting for many years with her beloved friend and mentor: fine artist, designer, printmaker, Morton P. Traylor (1918 – 1996), founder of the Virginia Art Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia after graduating from Ferrum College.
Presently, she teaches Drawing for Chickens and Jean’s Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting classes in her studio in McGuffey Art Center four times a year. She derives great joy from making art and poetry accessible to the artist and poet who lives within each of us. A Charlottesville, Virginia native, Jean maintains her studio at McGuffey Art Center in downtown Charlottesville –originally the McGuffey Elementary School– from which she graduated in 1960.