In 2017 Samantha met internationally recognized artist Mike Elsass. She began working in his Front Street studio mixing paint, cleaning shelves, and organizing events. Taking in as much knowledge and experience as she could, she now creates in her studio down the hall from Mike. Samantha credits Mike as her most important mentor, teaching her to allow the work to create itself and how to invest in herself as an artist.
In 2005 Samantha studied the process of casting and copper plating in the studio of Steve Donegan, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She spent a week learning the process and experiencing the life inside a community of like minded artists.