Samantha Kays graduated from The Art Institute of Portland in 2016 with a BFA in Media Arts and Animation. For the duration of her education, she was employed as an illustrator and designer for the Australian clothing company Living Dead Clothing. In 2017, she was hired by Nickelodeon as a background designer for the Invader ZIM TV Movie, fulfilling her dream to pursue a career in animation.

This gallery exhibit features a selection of her background concepts created for use in 2D animation and fashion design. Samantha finds inspiration in the works of Stephen Gammell, Naoki Urasawa, and Zdzislaw Beksinski.