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.
Hem
Hem

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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Hem
Hem
Hydrangea in Blue
Hydrangea in Blue
Tulip Press
Tulip Press
Haven
Haven
Spoor
Spoor
White Peony in Plum
White Peony in Plum
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 1
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 1
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 2
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 2
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 3
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 3
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 4
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 4
Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip
Desert Spider Flower
Desert Spider Flower
Hem
Hem
oil on panel, 48x72
2021
Hydrangea in Blue
Hydrangea in Blue
oil on panel, 16x20
2020
Tulip Press
Tulip Press
oil on panel, 48x36
2020
Haven
Haven
oil on panel, 60x85
2019
Spoor
Spoor
oil on panel, 75x41
2019-21
White Peony in Plum
White Peony in Plum
oil on panel, 20x24
2020
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 1
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 1
mixed media on paper, 11x15
2021
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 2
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 2
mixed media on paper, 11x15
2021
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 3
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 3
mixed media on paper, 11x15
2021
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 4
Just because we are wild don’t mean we are lost 4
mixed media on paper, 11x15
2021
Yellow Tulip
Yellow Tulip
oil on panel, 20x24
2020
Desert Spider Flower
Desert Spider Flower
ink and oil on panel, 48x36
2019

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