Carl Samson’s commissioned father-son double portrait honors law firm founder and son

Carl Samson's large-scale father-son portrait honors one of the founders of KMK Law and his son, who also was a long-serving partner at the firm. Now installed in the firm’s lobby, the double portrait of William Keating Sr. and William Keating Jr. was commissioned by KMK Law to celebrate the measure of the men for colleagues, clients, family, and friends. It also poignantly conveys the relationship between father and son.

Samson combed through numerous photographs, talked with family members and friends, and spent time in the KMK offices to compose and paint the composition. The finished 72-inch-by-45-inch canvas depicts the senior Keating seated in a light-filled conference room of the law firm, with son Bill Jr. standing behind. A view of the Ohio River and the Roebling Suspension Bridge is depicted in the background. The bridge’s two main support towers echo the bond between father and son, while the bridge suggests the firm’s strong client relationships, international connections and future-forward thinking.  References to St. Xavier, UC and the Cincinnati Enquirer also appear in the piece, symbolizing the family’s and firm’s lasting ties to the Queen City.

The painting was unveiled in an informal reception at KMK Law, attended by family and colleagues who worked closely with the Keatings over the years. The family and firm were delighted with the results. “I still can’t get over how incredible the portrait looks. … I honestly can’t think of another way to describe it beyond perfect.”

William Keating Sr. was a founding member of Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL. He later had a long career in public service as a municipal and county judge, congressman and publisher of the Cincinnati Enquirer. His son, William Keating Jr., worked at KMK for almost 40 years and was a senior partner in the law firm. He died in March 2017.

William Keating Sr. & William Keating Jr., 72” x 45”, oil on linen canvas, KMK Law collection

William Keating Sr. & William Keating Jr., 72” x 45”, oil on linen canvas, KMK Law collection


Carl Samson’s stunning portrait of Maestro Carmon DeLeone unveiled at Cincinnati Music Hall

Carl J. Samson’s stunning oil portrait of Maestro Carmon DeLeone was unveiled at Cincinnati Music Hall October 26, 2018. Commissioned by the Cincinnati Ballet to commemorate the maestro’s 50th season as Music Director, the painting was universally praised as a “masterpiece” and “a stunning portrayal of Carmon’s spirit.” Carl worked closely with DeLeone and ballet administration to conceive and paint an image that captured the exuberance and joy of Carmon conducting. Cincinnati Ballet CEO Scott Altman and Artistic Director Victoria Morgan gave congratulatory words beforehand, and Maestro DeLeone helped unveil the portrait to considerable applause. Afterwards, he gave a short speech acknowledging his thrill in joining Music Hall’s timeline of famed conductors. The 40” x 30” framed painting now hangs in Music Hall’s north hallway alongside those of other notable Cincinnati conductors.

This portrait of Maestro DeLeone is the fourth painting by Carl to hang at the historic Music Hall performance venue. His other three Music Hall portraits are of the late arts patrons Patricia Corbett and J. Ralph Corbett, which hang outside the Corbett Tower, and former Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Jim DeBlasis, which hangs across from that of Maestro DeLeone. 

Maestro Carmon DeLeone with Portrait of Carmon DeLeone, 40” x 30”, oil on linen canvas, Music Hall collection. Photo by Steven Thomas.



Carl Samson, Judge for Indiana Plein Air Painters (IPAPA) 2018 Member Show

On November 3, Carl traveled to Carmel, Indiana to judge the IPAPA (Indiana Plein Air Painters of America) annual exhibition at the Hoosier Salon Gallery. Works by artists from all over Indiana were gathered together for judging, and $5000 in prizes and recognition at various levels was awarded.

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Carl Samson directs 2018 Artist Fall Retreat at T.C. Steele Boyhood Home

From September 25-29, 2018, Carl led a mentoring weekend of a select group of artists at the T.C. Steele Boyhood Home in Waveland, Indiana. The house is where famed painter Steele spent his early life, and the fields, woods and streams of his youth remain essentially unchanged. Other artists joined Carl as they painted in Shades and Turkey Run State Parks, and in the areas surrounding Waveland. The annual experience was made possible by Tim and Meg Shelly, who purchased and carefully restored the home to a functioning center for artistic endeavors.


Oil Portrait Unveiled of Procter & Gamble CEO, President and Chairman of the Board David S. Taylor

Carl Samson’s oil portrait of Procter & Gamble CEO, President and Chairman of the Board David S. Taylor was unveiled on December 8, 2017 at an informal reception at P&G headquarters in Cincinnati, OH. The event was held in the historic paneled boardroom, where other portraits of past CEOs including Mr. Procter and Mr. Gamble gaze down upon their successors. Phil Duncan, Head of Global Design, spoke of the continuum of dedication to excellence as represented by past leaders, and its contemporary commitment to going forward in the same bold and innovative way in a changing world. He mentioned Carl as having been especially satisfying to work with, and how delighted they were with the results of Mr. Taylor’s portrait. Other executives in attendance included Mr. Taylor and his wife, Marsha, CFO Jon Moeller, Head of Global Design Phil Duncan, and Head Archivist Gregory McCoy as well as various other colleagues, friends and staff. The portrait was warmly received by Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, who commented enthusiastically on the extraordinary likeness and the amazing depth achieved by the artist in his depiction of the CEO. In the weeks following the unveiling, word came that many visitors to P&G’s boardroom declared it the “best portrait they’d ever seen.” The oil painting hangs in a commanding location in the Procter & Gamble Boardroom.

Oil Portrait of David S. Taylor, CEO, 46” x 34”, oil on linen canvas, Procter & Gamble collection



Monumental painting, Arrival, completed and shipped to Texas

Carl’s commissioned monumental painting entitled Arrival was completed and shipped to Texas. The 81” x 52” oil on linen canvas painting depicts a group of immigrants gathered together on the wharf at Ellis Island c. 1920. They have just cleared customs, and await the ferry from Manhattan that will take them to their lives in the new world. Samson thoroughly enjoyed undertaking this ambitious, large-scale commission. He especially savored the opportunity to focus on gesture and emotion on the various character’s faces as they consider where they came from, what they’d been through to get there, and what might await them in the future. Arrival now hangs in Century Hall at the Old Parkland complex in Dallas.

Arrival, 81” x 52”, oil on linen canvas, private collection