Sam Caldwell with Andrew Bruce, 11th Earl of Elgin and 15th Earl of Kincardine, Scotland.

“Wildlife is primary in my work,” Houston native Sam Caldwell asserts, but notes that “ofttimes, people are important elements in a wildlife painting.” His scenes of coastal waterfowl, gamefish, and people are highly prized by collectors from Texas to Maine. Working primarily in transparent watercolor, the artist seeks to capture the atmosphere of the moment, as well as the color and drama inherent in his outdoor subjects.  Many of his recent images feature young hunters and fishers.

Early in his career, Sam became involved in outdoor organizations like Ducks Unlimited and the Coastal Conservation Association. He has always been deeply involved in promoting coastal scenes as fine art, and uses his printed images to help the coast. He is proud that the American Red Cross chose one of his paintings to help provide funds for 9-11 relief. Numerous Caldwell art prints have benefited The Coastal Conservation Association. Ducks Unlimited named Caldwell Texas State Artist for 2006-2007, and again for 2011-2012. 

A stout supporter of community Caldwell is involved in many charitable organizations, including Cystic Fibrosis Association, Coastal Conservation Association, and Operation Game Thief, the Texas Park & Wildlife Foundation’s Crime Stoppers Program. He is also a well-known writer, having co-authored Change of Tides, A Narrative History of the Coastal Conservation Association, which was honored as Texas' best outdoor book for the year 2000.