Dr. Sampsell paints in acrylics, and she makes limited-series linoprints and unique monotypes and monoprints. She paints in the styles of German Expressionism and abstract expressionism and is especially influenced by the Blau Reiter Group. She eschews representational subjects and expresses states of mind and emotional turmoil with the use of color and texture.
She completed classwork in photography at Maryland Institute, College of Art. She showed her photography in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area in the 1990s.
Dr. Kate Sampsell holds a Distinguished Ph.D. in American history from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore.
Dr. Sampsell lives and paints on Camano Island, Washington state.