Reeling in the Years, Acrylic on Canvas, 36 x 72 in

James Leonard is an artist based in California, who originally grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. His paintings are an attempt to integrate his profound respect for individuality with the process of making art. He works within an introspective, intuitive fashion and strives to bring a personal sensibility to the work. The process in which his work relies on, is to develop a dialogue with the work. This dialogue allows the work to unfold in a non-judgmental way.

"Imposing my will upon the work does not allow the work to tell me how and where it wants to go. Standing back and entering into a relationship with the work based on respect and trust, allows for this inner dialogue to take place. I work at not trying to determine a specific outcome or predetermined idea, but through dialogue allowing for the emergence of the individuality of each painting. This is the only way I can create art."


Layering creates both a sense of personal emotional, physical and spiritual history in the work. Each layer reflects its own statement, compounded by the subsequent layer that adds to the visual story. Together a collective passage of time and place emerge to represent a collective idea that can only emerge from the viewer.

Just For You
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in

Over and Under
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36 in

“The desire to create beauty is what motivates me as an artist.  Beauty generates healing. Healing is what we all need.”



 – James C. Leonard


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