Sam Rogers grew up on a farm in Nacogdoches County, Texas, and acquired his formal education in the public schools and universities of Texas. Along the way, he received degrees in mathematics and biology. After graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, he joined the biology faculty of the University of New Orleans (UNO), where he remained for thirty-three years.
Over the years, never really having decided what he wanted to be when he grew up, Sam developed a desire to pursue creative efforts in some area other than science. This eventually led to a noncredit class in drawing at UNO and classes in drawing, painting, and photography at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. He probably would still be pursing these interests in New Orleans but for the intervention of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which sent Sam and his wife back to Texas. After residing in Nacogdoches for a few years, they moved to McKinney to be near family.
Sam soon discovered the McKinney Art House, where he studied acrylic painting with K. D. Hafley and printmaking with Lynne Hubner. He currently is concentrating on large scale abstract painting with acrylics.