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In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

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About Laurel

Just what is the Essence of Laurel and when did it manifest itself? How did I become an inspirational writer and artist at this time in my life?  

It began in 2009 when a life-changing event transformed me into the woman I am today. Never could I have imagined that the death of my husband of 42 years would take me on a journey through loss and grief to a redefined sense of self. Death, an unexpected teacher, was my transformative metamorphosis. The slow and painful healing process unfolded my creativity and, in what I can only describe as a “new normal,” Essence of Laurel was born.


Art from the Heart” has become my playground; a place where I can tap into my innermost creativity as an inspirational writer and artist. The surprise is that it came at a time when I thought that the next chapters in my life would be lonely; without purpose or passion. Instead I have been given the gift of a renewed sense of life, its possibilities and most importantly, an appreciation for living in the present moment.

My first book, Emerging Voices  has a purpose ~ to serve as  a journal and healing catalyst for anyone who has experienced a loss.  The art and poetry within is a testimony as to what can happen when we acknowledge grief in all its forms.  It allows for the discovery of a new perspective which will lead you on a journey of self-discovery and renewal.

  • “After the death of her husband, Laurel embraced the deep grief that followed and, in doing so, emerged with a strong and powerful voice that shows us the path towards growth and healing.  Her artwork and poetry are an incredible testimony to the transformation that can take place when our hearts are open. My life has been enriched by the authentic message in Laurel’s work.  Yours will be too!” Jane Ogden

Our human experience, whether in a crisis or a life transition, continuously gives us the opportunity to learn and grow.  We can choose to stay in a place of sorrow and regret, or embrace these life-altering experiences from which we can discover a new way of being.

My hope is that my inspirational writing and ‘Art from the Heart’ touches something within you.  

Thanks for visiting.   Laurel


Birth Place
New York, NY US

Contributing author to Open to Hope Foundation, The Grief Toolbox, National Association of Baby Boomer Women
Lyricist of CD Emerging Voices
Featured artist with Fine Art America
Integrated digital artist, exhibiting at art shows in Florida
Participating artist in Florida art shows

Additional Information

I have created a new blog on my Essence of Laurel website called "Metamorphosis - Your Stories." Metamorphosis - Your Stories is a place where individuals whose lives have been profoundly reshaped by transformative events are weaving a tapestry of inspiration and hope for others. The narratives have been written by contributing authors who are "paying it forward" as they share personal stories about life-altering events which have changed the shape of their world.

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Essence of Laurel
Laurel D. Rund is an inspirational artist and author. The Essence of Laurel website displays Laurel's work and includes a new story telling blog called "Metamorphosis - Your Stories"

Boards which exhibit galleries of "Art from the Heart" and writings of Laurel Rund.

Fine Art America artist website
Laurel Rund's - Essence of Laurel Story Art galleries showcase her integrated digital artwork. It offers the viewer a place to purchase Laurel's artwork in multiple forms, i.e., prints, giclees, greeting cards, etc.

Open to Hope
Laurel Rund is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation. Many of her articles and videos can be found here.

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