Emily Leonard

b. 1976, Nashville, TN
I want to get at the experience of being in your body in a place. Rather than painting the tree in the yard, I want to paint what it feels like to stand in the yard and look at the tree.
A Thousand Voices
A Thousand Voices

A practicing painter for over 20 years, Emily Leonard is known for sublime representations of landscapes and wildlife. Developed through a process of layering transparent glazes, gestural lines and emotive brushwork, her recent paintings transform botanical studies into meditative aesthetic experiences. Each layer plays a role in distilling the literal representation of her subject. Dense moments of movement and lavish intricacies hover delicately between abstraction and representation. Sweeping pastel hues generate a delicate balance of light and dark, transparency and opacity – unraveling rhythm and visceral essence of the plant. Leonard is inspired by the astonishing beauty and perpetual tenacity of flowers, returning year after year for a brief and vulnerable yet ecologically crucial lifespan.

Emily Leonard is a Nashville native. She received her BFA from Furman University. Leonard has been published in magazines and catalogues including Garden and Gun, Southern Living and Studio Visit by Open Studios Press. She has participated in exhibitions across the United States and in residency programs at the Alfred and Tratford Klots Foundation in Brittany, France and the Jentel Foundation in Banner, WY. Her paintings are included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including those of the Tennessee State Museum, the Nashville Courthouse, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, and UBS, Nashville.

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A Thousand Voices
A Thousand Voices
King Protea in ink and gold
King Protea in ink and gold
White Irises
White Irises
Tulip Study No. 1
Tulip Study No. 1
Tulip Study No. 2
Tulip Study No. 2
Cleome Study
Cleome Study
Protea Study
Protea Study
Pharos
Pharos
Blush Protea
Blush Protea
Wisteria
Wisteria
King Protea
King Protea
Soft Landing
Soft Landing
Peonies
Peonies
Song of field and sun
Song of field and sun
A Thousand Voices
A Thousand Voices
oil on panel, 75x41
2019
King Protea in ink and gold
King Protea in ink and gold
ink and oil on panel, 36x48
2019
White Irises
White Irises
oil on panel, 36x48
2019
Tulip Study No. 1
Tulip Study No. 1
collage and paint on paper, 6x9
2019
Tulip Study No. 2
Tulip Study No. 2
collage and paint on paper, 6x9
2019
Cleome Study
Cleome Study
collage and acrylic on paper, 7.5x10
2019
Protea Study
Protea Study
collage and paint on paper, 10x10.5
2019
Pharos
Pharos
oil on panel, 54x76
2019
Blush Protea
Blush Protea
oil on panel, 30x33
2019
Wisteria
Wisteria
mixed media on paper, 30x22
2019
King Protea
King Protea
mixed media on paper, 30x40
2019
Soft Landing
Soft Landing
oil on panel, 16x20
2019
Peonies
Peonies
oil on panel, 40x60
2017
Song of field and sun
Song of field and sun
oil on panel, 44x55
2019

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