Sam is an Australian Aboriginal artist who was born in Babinda, Queensland. He is from the Kalkadoon Tribe, based around Mount Isa. It was here where Sam grew up, with the Kalkadoon Doomagee people. Ge was compelled to become an artist due to the inspiration he received from the stories told to him by his elders.
Sam moved to Katherine in 1982 and became involved with the Jawyon and Wardaman people, learning about their country and listening to their stories. He spent some time with his Grandfather (on his wife's side), world-renown artist, Clifford Possum, staying with Clifford in Adelaide working as his assistant and learning painting techniques from him.
About the artwork
In this painting, Sam paints two catfish; the eel-tailed catfish and the fork-tailed catfish.
Both catfish are found to inhabit a variety of habitats from slow-flowing clear or turbid freshwaters, lakes, and ponds with infringing vegetation.