Sutro Sam owns this town. Through sheer moral authority, political capital, and, dare I say, pluck and grit, Sam has seized the most picturesque piece of land rife with historical import. He's only been on the scene for a few months, but already he has won over the city in a way that Ed Lee, Mark Zuckerberg or the Bernal Hill coyote never could. Forget those shrill Telegraph Hill parrots with their flashy colors and narcisitic preening. Forget those twitterati with their smart phones and their MC Hammer.

Sutro Sam joins us in the tradition of Mark Twain, a creature of the rivers with full whiskers and a razor-sharp wit. Like Allen Ginsburg - reveling in the bath house, flaunting his animalistic poetry; like Joe DiMaggio, lithe, powerful, and too dignified to publicly discuss the melancholy of his loneliness; Sutro Sam will be remembered through the ages as a world class otter.

Sutro Sam, we salute you.

Posters on sale.

Sutro Sam is cute, as a button. Sutro Sam portrait featured in the Button Club!

Otter lovers are encouraged to make donations to the River Otter Ecology Project.

Majestic Sam

Majestic Sam

sold $70, acrylic on paper, 14" x 17", 2013 :: Sutro Sam stricks a majestic pose. Inspired by a photo by Jouko van der Kruijssen

Sam in Profile

Sam in Profile

acrylic on paper, detail of majestic Sutro Sam painting.

Sexy Sutro Sam

Sexy Sutro Sam

SOLD, acrylic on paper, 14" x 17";, 2013 :: Sutro Sam in a Sutro Baths bathing suit.

Sutro Sam on a Rock

Sutro Sam on a Rock

$70, acrylic on paper, 14" x 17", 2013 :: This painting was inspired by Damon Tighe's photograph.

Sutro Sam Loves Jackie

Sutro Sam Loves Jackie

acrylic on paper, 11" x 14", 2014 :: Jackie is leaving San Francisco so her friend Rebecca commissioned a painting of (famous local river otter) Sutro Sam as a going-away / don't-forget-how-awesome-it-is-here gift.

Sutro Sam in a Bath

Sutro Sam in a Bath

sold $70, acrylic on paper, 14" x 17", 2013 :: Sam lounges wearing an official Sutro Baths bathing suit. Inspired by a photo by Jouko van der Kruijssen

Otter Face

Otter Face

acrylic on paper, detail of' Sam in a Bath,' one of a series of paintings of Sutro Sam.

Otter Eyes

Otter Eyes

$70, acrylic on paper, 14" x 17", 2013 :: Sutro Sam looks you in the eyes.

Otter Eyes Close Up

Otter Eyes Close Up

acrylic on paper, detail of Sutro Sam

Give Me Some Space - Sutro Sam Says So

Give Me Some Space - Sutro Sam Says So

acrylic on paper with digital text, 2013 :: Sutro Sam, San Francisco's only wild river otter needs his fans to give him some space. See more paintings of Sam at theartdontstop.com/sutro-sam .

Don't Trash My Bay - Sutro Sam Says So

Don't Trash My Bay - Sutro Sam Says So

acrylic on paper with digital text, 2013 :: Sutro Sam, San Francisco's only wild river otter needs you to help protect the bay. See more paintings of Sam at theartdontstop.com/sutro-sam .

The Rent is Too Damn High - Sutro Sam Says So

The Rent is Too Damn High - Sutro Sam Says So

acrylic on paper with digital text, 2013 :: Sutro Sam was San Francisco's only wild river otter, but he abruptly moved away. Now, he tells us why. See more paintings of Sam at theartdontstop.com/sutro-sam .

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