Laurel Stern Boeck
About The Artist

Laurel Stern Boeck

“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.

"It's not every day that one receives a call from Jodi Rell, or General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army. For Laurel Stern Boeck, one of the nation's foremost portrait artists, working with accomplished and fascinating clients are a unique perk and all in a day's work." - Grace Bennett, Inside Chappaqua March/April 2014. See full article…

Grace Bennett
Editor of Inside Chappaqua Magazine

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, Portrait Society of America 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 Salmagundi Club Members Show, American Women Artists, Connection Women Artists, and the Northern Westchester Center of Arts.

Client list:

Official Portraits

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 Michael Johanns, Secretary of Agriculture

Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman, Committee on International Relations

Congressman Michael Oxley, Chairman, Financial Services Committee

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, Chairman, Science & Technology Committee

Congressman Benjamin Gilman, Chairman, Committee on International Relations

Congressman Bob Livingston, Chairman, Appropriations Committee

Congressman Joseph Barton, Chairman, Energy and Commerce

General Franklin Hagenbeck, Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy

Mr. Albert Gamper, Chair of Board of Governors, Rutgers University

Reverend Dr. William Howard Jr., Chair of Board of Governors, Rutgers University

Mr. Donald Hedberg, Trustee, Carthage College

Dr. Edward Holmes, Chairman of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Robert Scott, President, Ramapo College

Mr. Martin C. Jischke, President, Purdue University

Mrs. Gaynelle Grizzard, Southeastern Mills

Dr. Bruce Alberts, National Academy of Science

Dr. Neal Lane, National Science Foundation

Dr. Arden Bement Jr., National Science Foundation

Mr. Steven Kumble, Managing Partner, Finley Kumble

Mr. Kenneth Standard, President of the Harvard Club

Dr. James Peake, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Togo West, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Mr. John Dalton, Secretary of the Navy

Admiral Jay Johnson, Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral Vernon Clark, Chief of Naval Operations

General Charles Krulak, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

Captain Randy Babbitt, President, Airline Pilots Association

Admiral Richard Truly, NASA

Ms. Betsy Plevan, Assoc. of the Bar of the City of New York

Mr. William Reilly, Director, EPA

Tom Donovan, CEO Mellon Bank

Judge Richard Schell, U.S. Federal District Judge, Texas

Chief Judge Judith Kaye, New York Court of Appeals

Judge Grover Brown, Chancellery Court of Delaware

Chief Judge John O. Colvin, U. S. Tax Court

Dr. France Cordova, President, Purdue University

Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, Old South Church Boston

Dr. Patrick Schloss, President, Valdosta State University

Captain John Prater, President, Airline Pilots Association

Dean George Tsetsekos, Drexel University College of Business

President John Peters, Northern Illinois University

Private Portraits

Dr. Susan Krysiewicz

Mrs. Dee McKinney









  • The New York Times, Sunday August 4, 1996 “Playing the Muse”
  • Trade Director, Saturday December 23, 2000 “The Right Stuff”
  • The Patent Trader, Thursday, August 24, 2000 “‘Inhouse & Outhouse’ Exhibit at NWCA”
  • International Artist, 2003 “Artist Showcase”
  • The Record-Review, Friday Sept.29, 2006 “Portraitist’s Career is a Dream Come True”
  • The Art of the Portrait, 3rd Quarter, 2007,“In the Spotlight, Laurel Boeck”

For information on portraits, classes and mentoring, or to arrange a workshop, please contact the artist:
Laurel Stern Boeck