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Emily Leonard

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Focusing on the middle Tennessee landscape and botanicals as my subject, 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: the sensation of beauty. Rather than painting the tree out the kitchen window, I want to paint what it feels like to stand at the kitchen window and look at the tree. I paint to excavate the truth from the actual, the space from the air, and the seeing from the looking.
I have been a full-time studio artist for twenty years. My paintings are included in numerous private and public collections around the world, including the Tennessee State Museum, Swedish Hospital, UBS, Governor Haslam and Karen Elson.

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