After a degree in Art History Sam went on to become an art teacher.

Since 1992 she has worked in a high security London prison , and more recently a psychiatric hospital, where she focuses on those with varying degrees of mental health disorders and/or issues of challenging behaviour.

She believes profoundly in the capacity of art to inform, improve, liberate and confront the self and the world in which we inhabits, believing creativity to be the crucible in which self-knowledge and ultimately acceptance can be forged.

She is active in attempting to promote the status of 'Outsider' art and is involved in staging exhibitions within and without the mainstream art community.