In an era of ever-expanding technological devices, Samantha French grew up unplugged, hiking Montana's Beartooth Mountains, counseling young artists on the shores of Flathead Lake and rafting the rapids of the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers. These early outdoor experiences nurtured an awe and affinity for nature. This close association with a wild side is reflected in Samantha's art, which she began creating as a child using found bits collected in the natural world.
While attending the University of Montana in Missoula, Samantha earned a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in drawing and painting. An interest in the psychological qualities of human emotion, motivation and consciousness are themes she continually explores in her work.
During her college career Samantha worked at the University Center Gallery where she was promoted to co-coordinator of the gallery. She also served as a registrar/curatorial intern at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, where she interacted with the works of prominent artists from the area who inspire her own work. After graduating with her BFA, Samantha worked at the Dana Gallery for two years before leaving to travel overseas and focus on her own artwork.