Sam’s studio is wherever she sets her pack down for a break or for the night. Using oils and a pochade box she paints off the beaten path as an adventure artist, capturing landscapes only accessible on foot or via her beloved Jeep Wrangler.

12771924_10208744618760758_867596346352302143_oThe outdoors has always been Sam’s real home, even while sketching a pond and its placid ducks at the age of 5. She is an independently taught artist and worked as a concept illustrator in scenic theming projects for companies such as Disney, Third Street Promenade Santa Monica, and Bass Pro.

Now she’s taking a radical leap from the exacting requirements of concept illustration to the utter freedom of the landscape. With expressive brush- and knife-work she focuses on sharing her experience of the wild found in the deserts, mountains and rugged shorelines she explores.

  • E-Mail: samtg@artxadventure.com
  • Phone: 626.833.3751
  • Located in the Greater Los Angeles Area, CA.


13133297_10209362055716296_4899886708636856195_nHere’s where you can view my portfolio, read about my latest on-trail and artistic
adventures, purchase a print or a painting or say hello via Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Snapchat. You can also find me on Yonder and on the GoWonder Snapchat team sharing what adventures lie in and around the Southern California area.

I’m someone who’s recovering from major depression, anxiety and PTSD. While I like to keep personal thoughts to myself and a few trusted people, I’m also not shy about discussing the journey of recovery. On my blog you’ll find some brutally honest descriptions of what it’s like to live, explore, and create with these illnesses. That’s not all you’ll find, though! I enjoy sharing photos and art and adventures and the occasional adorable puppy photo.

Thanks for visiting!


  1. Good for you! I envy you so much. When I was younger and hiking the mountains of NH every weekend, I had no idea I would in later life be trying to paint what I saw out there–and now I can’t go very far under all my painting gear before collapsing. Treasure this time!


    1. I certainly will treasure it! Despite not hauling all the art stuff up and down mountains, I think being out there has certainly enriched your art. 🙂


  2. Cool, and I love the quote by Edward Abbey
    I look forward to spending some time enjoying your posts and photos
    Thank you


    1. Thanks for stopping by! Edward Abbey is awesome 🙂 looking forward to your posts too!


  3. Your photography and art are both gorgeous! And I love the phrase “parse the genuine from the illness.” Just on a sound level–lots of vowels, very soft–as well as the image of it. 😀


    1. Wow, thanks 🙂 that’s so nice to hear! That’s a fancy way of saying I save my angstbucket monologues for my therapist :p


  4. I’d love to know more of your story. Your artwork and writing are both intimate and aloof – a very intriguing combination.
    I happen to believe that it is God who has given you your talent and I want you to know that your site blessed me today.

    I hope you don’t take offense but I just said a prayer of healing and wholeness for you.

    What an adventure you are on!



    1. Hi Melanie, thanks for such kind words. Of course I don’t take offense to any thoughtful, lovely actions like that. I very much appreciate it! 🙂 thank you again!

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  5. . . . nature and art are two things that can drag a down-and-out spirit up from the gutter, even for just a little while…. I don’t know much about art but I agree with nature.. it is the best soul healer! I so envy you with your pup Neil, this is the same reason I want to get away to the country side where I can stroll with my dogs to the woods and just listen to the nature talk…. serene and beautiful! keep enjoying it, its worth every effort 🙂


    1. Watching the pups enjoy nature and having them as companions out and about is just a whole different level of awesome. They really revel in it! I hope you and your dogs will get a chance soon to go out together 🙂


  6. Jahnavi Chintakunta

    Sam, I too agree that nature and art help in healing. As Neil Gaiman said “Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do.Make good art.”

    I wish you good luck in your art and adventure journey.


    1. You win extra awesome points for quoting Neil Gaiman! Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words 🙂 much appreciated!

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  7. Yeah! The font is bigger. Love it now! 🙂


    1. Yay! 🙂

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