Laurel Stern Boeck is a highly regarded portrait painter, having received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art. Boeck’s emotive landscape paintings delve into the profound nature of awe, capturing elements of excitement, fear, and wonder. With a keen eye for the essence of contemporary culture, society, and the natural world, Boeck authentically expresses her emotions while pushing artistic boundaries through abstract realism, expressive brushwork, and contemporary compositions. Boeck creates works that resonate with honesty and depth, conveying the captivating beauty and complexity of existence. Her work has garnered widespread acclaim, with national publications featuring her art and prestigious accolades, including the Merit Scholarship from the Arts Students League in 1994 and an Honorable Mention in the Artist Magazine's portrait competition in 1994/1995. Boeck's portraits can be found in various institutions and private collections, and she actively imparts her knowledge as a teacher at the Katonah Art Center in Katonah, NY. She is an active participant in several prominent art organizations, contributing to the growth and enrichment of the artistic community.