"... the portrait you just completed is absolutely superb. I could not reasonably have hoped for anything so good, and my family and I are absolutely delighted... (We) are deeply grateful to you for executing the commission with such consummate skill."

David A. Nelson (1932-2010)
United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


"It has been our distinct pleasure to work with Carl Samson over the past year in the planning and creation of the executive portrait of Mr. David Taylor, our Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer.

Carl is an incredibly accomplished and talented artist ... The portrait of Mr. Taylor wonderfully captures his likeness, but even more importantly, his character and unique personality.

Throughout the process Carl was a great collaborator and adaptable to our sometimes changing needs, especially regarding time sensitivities to executive schedules. ... We fully tested Carl’s skills and adaptability by requesting a change to the portrait a mere day before the official unveiling, which he unflinchingly executed with beautiful results.

P&G is very fortunate to have worked with such a recognized artist and wonderful human being."


Phil Duncan
Chief Global Design Officer
The Procter & Gamble Company

Greg McCoy
Senior Archivist
The Procter & Gamble Company

“Everyone who has seen the portrait remarks about your incredible talent. I shall always be indebted to you for capturing on canvas what I like to believe represents me at the zenith of my life.” 

The Honorable John D. Holschuh (1926-2011)
United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio

“Mr. Samson’s work is exciting and invites the viewer to engage. And his credentials are impeccable.”

Ingrid Carroll
Ninth Biennial National Art Exhibition Co-Chair
Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda

"Thank you for the fabulous job you did on the CFC portraits. We have had so many compliments from associates and visitors on these paintings that I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate the extra effort you put forth on this project... Thanks, again, for all your assistance."

Robert B. Morgan
CEO, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies


"Unlike many things in life these days, that we build up beyond reality — the portrait is better than I could have possibly imagined. You are a masterfully gifted artist. "

Dan Rader
Moore, Rader, Fitzpatrick and York, P.C.


"Thanks for a wonderful work of art!"

Joe Steger
President Emeritus, University of Cincinnati


"It has been a pleasure to meet you and to sit for your handsome portrait. Those who saw it, have been very complimentary. The ultimate tribute, however, is that the members of my family like the painting."

J. Mack Swigert (1907-2011)
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP


"Powerful portrait painting!"

John Howard Sanden
Founder, The Portrait Institute

"Mr. Samson ... is the reigning national champion in the portrait profession."

Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Carl Samson’s superb portraits, (are) reminiscent of Sargent”

Mary McCarty
Cincinnati Magazine