American contemporary painter Kate Sammons was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in Illinois. She attended The University of Illinois, attaining an honors degree in painting. She further studied at the Angel Academy in Florence, Studio Incamminati in Phildelphia, and Wachulis Studios in NE Pennsylvania. She is now based in Los Angeles, where she maintains a studio and also teaches. Sammons has said of her work, "...Art, for me, has been a way to transcend many social and cultural boundaries. It appeals to my humanity, inspires a heightened sensitivity to life and gives quality to my experiences."
Kate Sammons "Self Portrait with Hermes" 2009
Sammons has won numerous awards for her work throughout her career. Her drawing "Self Portrait with Hermes" was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC as part of the biennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and was also featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine. Sammons is represented by Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona and Gallery 1261 in Denver, Colorado. The artist's website and blog can be found here.