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.
Foxglove
Foxglove

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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Foxglove
Foxglove
White Tiger Peony In Blue
White Tiger Peony In Blue
White Tiger Peony
White Tiger Peony
White Peony In Indigo
White Peony In Indigo
Song Of The Field And Sun
Song Of The Field And Sun
 Unfold
Unfold
Peonies
Peonies
White Peony
White Peony
Hydrangea
Hydrangea
Foxglove In Lehon
Foxglove In Lehon
Three White Peonies
Three White Peonies
Willow Eucalyptus In Green
Willow Eucalyptus In Green
Willow Eucalyptus In Pink
Willow Eucalyptus In Pink
Willow Eucalyptus
Willow Eucalyptus
Foxglove
Foxglove
oil on paper, 36x24
2017
White Tiger Peony In Blue
White Tiger Peony In Blue
oil on paper, 30x22
2017
White Tiger Peony
White Tiger Peony
oil on paper, 30x22
2017
White Peony In Indigo
White Peony In Indigo
oil on panel, 48x72
2017
Song Of The Field And Sun
Song Of The Field And Sun
oil on panel, 44x55
2017
 Unfold
Unfold
oil on panel, 40x60
2017
Peonies
Peonies
oil on panel, 40x60
2017
White Peony
White Peony
oil on panel, 20x16
2017
Hydrangea
Hydrangea
oil on panel, 30x34
2016
Foxglove In Lehon
Foxglove In Lehon
oil on panel, 34x48
2016
Three White Peonies
Three White Peonies
oil on panel, 26x30
2016
Willow Eucalyptus In Green
Willow Eucalyptus In Green
oil on paper, 24x17
2015
Willow Eucalyptus In Pink
Willow Eucalyptus In Pink
oil on paper, 24x17
2015
Willow Eucalyptus
Willow Eucalyptus
oil on paper, 24x17
2015