Sam Collett is a portrait, figurative and landscape painter living in Joseph Oregon. Joseph is in the northeast corner of the state, and it is a land of vast and majestic beauty. The mixture of forested mountains, rural farm and ranches has become his artistic metaphor. Wallowa County is a constant source of inspiration; this land and its people are always an artistic challenge to him.
He received his formal education at Westminster College studying with Don Doxey followed by study at graduate program at the University of Utah Art Department with Albert Handell, Earl Jones and Alvin Gittins; and again studied with Albert Handell at Woodstock New York.
Mr. Collett has more than twenty years of teaching experience in objective (realism) painting and drawing; those venues include Salt Lake Art Center UT, University of Utah, The Kimball Art Center Park City Utah, Kings Cottage Art School, the Peterson’s Art center, and workshops at The Crossroads Arts Center Oregon, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Wallowa Lake Art Workshops, College of Southern Idaho, Moses Lake Art Center, Dahmen Barn Union WA. 2010 he will be teaching at Blue Mountain College Enterprise, OR, Rogue Gallery Medford OR, College of Southern Idaho, Dahmen Barn WA, Keizer Art Association Keizer OR, Emerald Art Association, and Wallowa Lake Art Workshops.
Sam Collett’s work has been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club New York, American Pastel Society New York, Degas Pastel Society New Orleans, Louisiana, Oil Painters Of America four times, Salon International Juried Competition at the Green house Gallery Texas, one person show Kimball Art Center Park City, Utah, University Of Utah , Boise State University Idaho, Salt Lake Art Center Utah, one person show Springville Museum Utah, one person show Bountiful Arts Center Utah and numerous galleries.