Art from the Heart is the Essence of Laurel

The Essence of Laurel

Laurel D. Rund is the Essence of Laurel.  Her artwork is called Art From the Heart.

About Laurel D. Rund


The Essence of Laurel came to life when Laurel D. Rund went through a personal metamorphosis. 

After experiencing the loss of her spouse, Laurel serendipitously discovered her creative talents in a new season of life.

Laurel's Art from the Heart is her playground; a place where she taps into her innermost creativity as an inspirational artist. Laurel's artwork always tell a story to be interpreted by the viewer.

During the time of healing after loss, Laurel discovered her voice through journaling and poetry.   'Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal,' was created as Laurel journeyed through the personal healing process from grief to renewal.

These words are descriptive of Laurel's outlook today - "The story of my life is ever-unfolding. At times it may feel like a drama, comedy, romance, or tragedy. Regardless of the genre of my current situation, I acknowledge that I am the author of my life story. If I find myself reliving the same narrative again and again, I can choose to make edits in the plot line."

Art from the Heart

Essence is a touch drawing that Laurel created from paper and collaged items.  Essence of Laurel

Art from the Heart is inspirational, whimsical and contains dreamlike weaves of  color, movement and light.

Laurel's artwork is inspired by life and embroidered by imagination. Grace your walls with unique art for the home and heart - visit Laurel's art galleries.

Laurel is a participating artist in many Florida art shows.  Her calendar of events can be found here.

Emerging Voices Living On - A Journey ..

Emerging Voices Living On - A Journey Through Loss to Renewal by Laurel D. Rund - Essence of Laurel

A Book About Loss, Grief and Renewal

Laurel's book, Emerging Voices-Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewalis intended to be a heart-felt gift to the reader as he or she travels down the painful and winding road of loss. 

There are blank journal pages within which provide a place for each individual to record his or her own thoughts and unique feelings. Writing helped Laurel heal during that traumatic time and her wish is that the words within the book offer a place of solace for others. 

Like a puzzle, grief comes in all shapes and forms;  as does the journey of getting to a place of peace and comfort within us.  

'Emerging Voices Living On'  was  nominated to be on the 2014 "Spirited Woman Top 12 Spring Book Pick List"

Purchase Emerging Voices Living On

Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal  is available on

You can also order the book directly through Laurel and will receive an autographed copy and accompanying CD of music inspired by the book.


“You know that feeling you get when you casually exchange glances with someone and it is as though they are saying, “I understand”? Well this is the feeling you get when you read Emerging Voices Living On: A Journey Through Loss to Renewal by Laurel D Rund

Everything from the design concept to the content will touch your heart, speak to your soul and allow you to move through the processes of grief and healing at your own pace.  Created as a result of her own grieving/healing journey, Emerging Voices will not only offer you a variety of stimulus but at the same time it reminds you that you are not alone as Laurel has left her essence on every page. This book IS 'Art from the Heart'. thank you Laurel D. Rund.

The art is stunning, Laurel herself is the gifted artisan who created the visuals that even if this was all the book consisted of would be reason enough to make Emerging Voices your own.  As the art is married to verse either original or a famous quote, we have layers of appreciation to experience throughout this book.  Consider that there is space for journaling and personal reflection, Emerging Voices not only serves as a guide but a repository for that which needs to emerge from your heart!

It is true, you may not ever be the one who needs this book however it is recommended that you get one, or two or more simply to have on hand.  Because this is a lovely way to offer support to someone experiencing a rough journey, best you should have it at the ready to inscribe, wrap up and present. It is one interesting and unique way to reach the very essence of another by saying that both you and Laurel D. Rund understand.” Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor The Magic Happens

Laurel's Journal

Laurel Rund's Journal on her Essence of Laurel site

Blog Posts from Laurel

Woman in the Wind – It is written in stone!

It is written in stone that I will encounter
storms and rainbows during this journey called Life.

Breathing in new thoughts and perspectives, 

I eagerly discover more about the spirit within me.
And bless the earthly form I was born into decades ago.

Time has gifted me with many challenging and exquisite moments
which have been woven into my Being.

I honor and embrace that which is sacred.
And am grateful for the eternal spirit that is my Essence.

Yes … I Am the Woman in the Wind!

Laurel D. Rund

Contact Me

Questions? Comments? Please contact me.

Any questions about the artwork or the book & CD, please contact me. Thanks, Laurel

Essence of Laurel

Art from the Heart!