“The best portraits both capture the essence of the subject, and infuse the painting with the spirit of their life.”
Award-winning artist Laurel Stern Boeck is known as one of the nation’s foremost Portrait Painters. From her earliest years, Boeck has been fascinated with the human subject and the art of portraiture. Educated at the prestigious Art Students League and receiving a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Boeck now boasts a client list that includes prominent leaders in the fields of business, government, and education. Her work can be seen in major capitols, banks, board rooms, universities, supreme courts, private homes, and Washington institutions.
General Martin E. Dempsey and Laurel with the General's portrait as Chief of Staff of the Army.
Laurel completing finishing touches during the final sitting with Bob McDonald,
CEO of Procter & Gamble.
Kenneth Standard poses next to his portrait as president of the Harvard
Club with Laurel.
Laurel’s dedication to her craft is evident in the timeless quality of her work that embraces classical realism and brilliantly captures the essence of her subject’s character. When looking at one of her portraits, the viewer gets a sense of those intangible and natural qualities unique to the person portrayed.
The skill and precision Boeck pours into her work has earned her recognition in national publications including The New York Times and International Artist magazine.
She was awarded the Merit Scholarship from the Art Students League and received an Honorable Mention in the nation’s largest portrait competition sponsored by Artist Magazine. She has also been featured in exhibitions such as the Knickerbocker Art Show, the Salmugundi Art Show and the Northern Westchester Center of Arts.
In addition to her busy commission schedule, Boeck also teaches at the Katonah Art Center. Guided by the principles handed down to her from her own teachers, Boeck instructs her students in technique while encouraging them to embrace their own style. She devotes considerable time and effort to mentoring students in both their art and their careers. Boeck is an active member of several prominent art organizations: Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, Green County Arts Council, and the Portrait Society of America.
Dennis Hastert, retired Speaker of the House, holds the Speaker's gavel, with Laurel at the podium.
Governor M. Jodi Rell, State of Connecticut
General Martin E. Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army
Mr. Bob McDonald, CEO Procter & Gamble
The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House
The Honorable Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture
Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman, Committee on International Relations
Congressman Michael Oxley, Chairman, Financial Services Committee