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Emily Leonard lives in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated magna cum laude from Furman University, Greenville, SC, in 1998. She received the Award for Outstanding Achievement and Service to the Department of Art for three years. Leonard also studied in Cortona, Italy, through the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program.
Emily explains her work by saying, “I have been a full-time studio artist for over twenty years. Basing my works deeply in landscape, I have cultivated a layering process in which I break down an image and build it back slowly with hundreds of washy glazes and gestures that are more searching than literal. My pieces both take time and contain time. I want them to come upon the viewer as such – slowly and intimately, as if the viewer feels like he found this image instead of me. I?m interested in 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. I paint to excavate the truth from the literal, the space from the air, and the seeing from the looking.”
Emily Leonard?s paintings are included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including those of the Tennessee State Museum, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, UBS offices, Governor Bill Haslam and many Nashville luminaries.
Leonard’s work has been published on multiple album and book covers, as well as dozens of magazines and catalogues including Garden and Gun magazine, Southern Living and Studio Visit.