Samantha Ornellas is a South African painter based in Nashville. She specializes in charcoal, acrylic and oil paintings.

Growing up in South Africa she describes her childhood as challenging. Drawing intrigued her and was the one thing she found solace in and a form of therapy.  

Samantha chose to start a full-time art career in 2011 after settling with her family in Nashville Tennessee.

She draws inspiration from her heritage, spending many holidays with her grandparents surrounded by the untamed beauty of Africa. While growing up and seeing the life disadvantage children live she has always wanted to draw attention through her work to the plight of children globally. Young kids with beautiful dreams and imagination but little hope.

Samantha feels her purpose as an artist is to inspire people to pursue their dreams.