When Orient artist, Laura Westlake-DiLorenzo, puts her hand to paper, magic happens. Eastern Long Island Hospital is now the beneficiary of two of Laura’s fine colored pencil pieces, titled “Remembrance” and “Rights of Spring.” A self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting since the age of 5, Laura worked mainly with colored pencils for the past 35 years before changing to oils. Through the colored pencil medium, Laura often applies as many as 15 layers of color to bring different saturation levels to the surface. Unlike paint, colored pencils can't be mixed on a palette and must be blended directly on paper. Some of her works can take as long as 100 hours to complete. Since the pencil cannot be completely erased, she works slowly to avoid any imperfections. Laura begins by staging and photographing her subjects, so that the photo becomes the primary source of reference.
“Eastern Long Island Hospital appreciates donations of all kinds, and we are especially grateful to Laura for sharing her special gift with us,” states Thomas E. Murray, Jr. Chairman of the Board and fellow Orient resident. “Over the years, local artists have gifted significant works to the hospital. Works in the main lobby include a bronze Einstein bust by Robert Berks and a marble sculpture by Dorothy Abbott, both Orient artists who have passed on. These pieces stand as a tribute to these local residents and serve as a point of reference for visitors to the hospital,” adds Paul J. Connor III, President/CEO. Many medical professionals credit the creative arts for the ability to heal, whether through self-expression or by bringing comfort to patients. “These restorative elements in a hospital setting are especially beneficial to those experiencing anxiety or fear while undergoing treatment,” notes Douglas Hoverkamp, MD, Director of Psychiatry. In 2011, Peter Cooper of Southold funded a Chapel on the first floor of the hospital, in memory of his wife, Jean. The project included a wall mural painted by Greenport artist, Terrence Joyce. The tranquil imagery of this muted landscape features an osprey’s nest at the far end of the chapel. With matching stained glass window panes on two adjoining walls, the chapel provides a quiet, non-denominational space for those in need of contemplation or solitude. Eastern Long Island Hospital’s art collection includes paintings by Jacqueline Penny and the late Roy DeMeo, both of Cutchogue as well as several art pieces and photographic images gifted by grateful patients over the years.