About Samantha Ollstein

Samantha Ollstein is a multi-media artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She was born in Los Angeles, received her BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design and is currently an MFA candidate at Portland State University.

Art has been a part of her life since she was a little girl, always painting or drawing and going to museums with her grandmother. As a commissioned portrait artist Samantha's work is displayed on many walls around Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.  Her work was the subject of several episodes on the Bravo reality show Flipping Out.

After graduating from Otis, Samantha went to work for the nonprofit art school, Brentwood Art Center in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 26 she became the Director and helped grow the program with their new non-profit status. After 5 years, she decided to take a break from the non-profit art community to dedicate time to her art and education.