Seki City surgical steel blade. Sam McDowell is considered one of the premier American folk artists. Whether the medium be painting, sculpture, or scrimshaw, Mr. McDowell has built a loyal following among major collectors and art enthusiasts across the world. A one time art teacher at Princeton High School and at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, Mr.
McDowell works out of his studios in Carmel, CA and Bequia, West Indies. His paintings of Caribbean scenes have established him as among the most renowned living West Indian painters.
The classic Palm and Bee designs on his elegant sterling silver and mastodon pendants, are scrimshawed by hand; no two are alike; each is signed. McDowell has been producing a limited amount of palm and bee pendants since 1959. Initially created for friends in Princeton, NJ. An enduring word of mouth following has made the Palm and Bee pendants quietly popular ever since. HRH Princess Margaret, whom he was introduced to on the island of Mustique, was among the owners of a Palm and Bee pendant.McDowell was first introduced to the art of scrimshaw in 1955 by then Senator John F. Kennedy, and it has been a passion of his, both as a collector of scrimshaw and as a scrimshaw artist, ever since. Smoke and pet free home. Additional photos available upon request.