Who I Am

How one views the world is a critical component in progressing or regressing, as the case may be, one’s own humanity in life. I have a side-eye wariness of the world that, in my mind, is subtly nuanced and visible only to me. What other people actually seeWell.

How one views the world has everything to do with how one chooses to be in it.

Artist Statement

Sam Grisham 7 thumbnailI am a contemporary artist working in oils and acrylics. My style is representational and my palette is saturated, primal color. I am entranced by the relationship of color and emotion and I am influenced by the political, spiritual and sometimes cynical wariness of my generation as well as my heritage, my come- from- place. I consider that I am both a Womanist and Humanist and I use art to explore what that means to me.


Sam Grisham TodayI was born in Muskegon MI in 1954 – part of the baby boomer generation that emerged from the ashes of world war to question humanity — a lot. Today, I live on the outskirts of metro Atlanta where I continue my interrogation of what it means to be human.

There is more to me but I’d like not to bore you. Thank me later.


Cover Art

Cover art for book of poetry by noted author and educator, Kimberly A. Collins.

Bessie's Resurrection Reclamation, oil on 24x36 gallery wrapped canvas

Cover Art

Cover art for book of essays by noted author and educator, Kimberly A. Collins.

ChooseYou Book Cover Thumbnail The Light at the End, oil on 36x48 gallery wrapped canvas


Illustration art for Adanna 2016 Annual Literary Journal.



Adanna Book Cover She Didn't Want To, oil on 18x24 canvas


Short story, Mississippi Red, published in African American Literary Review, vol 27, #2, Summer 1993.


African American Review Volume 27 Cover


Camouflage, book of short stories & poems written & digitally illustrated by Sam Grisham.


Camouflage Book Cover, text and illustrations by Sam Grisham

Sometimes I paint what I can see.

Obatala god of the orishas, oil on 36x48 gallery wrapped canvas

Sometimes I see what I can paint.

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