Laurie Samara-Schlageter is a self taught artist residing in East Islip. Inspired by her surroundings, she has asensitive awareness of the simplicity in nature-things that are often overlooked or taken for granted.. Her Oriental brush paintings express the beauty and simplicity of nature. Exhibiting her work in outdoor art festivals and galleries for more than thirty years, she has earned awards internationally and locally for her landscape, and brush paintings.

"To observe all the wonders of life around me and express the essence of what I see, my goal in painting is to express my inner creativity, painting what I see not only visually, but also what I see with my heart".