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100% of proceeds donated to the NICU Support Fund at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.
The Jonas Project by Samantha Bennett
"My scars are my story and I am proud of them. I embrace the curious stares of strangers. Most of all, I hope they stare at my art and see that I am following my dreams."
It was in a hospital room as a child where Samantha began to create art. At nine months old, Samantha survived bacterial meningitis. The physical impact of the disease is apparent as her skin is scarred; she had fingers, toes and half of her right foot amputated. She spent much of her youth enduring reconstructive surgeries. As Samantha continued having surgeries, she also continued creating art. Samantha went on to study study painting at the Columbus College of Art and Design. As a new mother, Samantha found herself in creating art in a hospital room once again. She and her husband lost their first son Jonas at two days old. In the hospital, they placed a butterfly on a her door to indicate the loss of an infant. After his loss Samantha began creating the series “The Jonas Project.“ Watercolor paintings dedicated to mothers that have experienced pregnancy loss and miscarriage. She has donated hundreds of painted butterflies to hospitals around the country.
Today, Samantha is a successful working artist also known as “PainterSam”. Her artwork has received national media attention. Samantha’s story and art were featured on Angels Among Us, she was tattooed on TLC’s NYInk, she has interviewed on NBC, ABC and Fox and she’s also appeared in many publications. Samantha was awarded “Mom of the Year” for her series Butterfly Portraits, portrait paintings for that
families that have lost a child. Samantha with the National Meningitis Association. In 2015 Samantha was awarded an Outstanding Service Award for her advocacy efforts to educated the community about bacterial meningitis.
Samantha's current collection of art includes portrait paintings, butterfly art, cityscapes and other pieces that reflect Samantha’s triumph over a her physical challenges and personal tragedies.
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