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James C. Leonard


"Moving Downstream"


"Time and Tide"


"In the Garden Again"


"Distant Memories"


"Fall in the Afternoon"

"The Future Seen"

"Rain Forest"

"Song Heard Before"

"Crayon Box"

"Jade Dreams"

"The Music Plays"

"Carmel Beach up Close"

"The Great Divide"

"View of Everyday"

"First Look"

"Unforeseen now Seen"

"Forest Revealed"

"Turquoise in the Forest"

"Four Waves"

"Signs of Fall"

"Field of Color I" (Diptych)

"Field of Color II" (Diptych)

"Dreaming of Waterfalls"

"East Coast Vision"

"Waterfalls on the Island"

"In Front & Behind"

Transformation Series


"Stars Above Us"


"Astral Light"

"Walking through the Garden"

"Garden Songs Heard Again"

"Garden Views of Spring"

"Seen Again"

"Garden Memories"

"Rose Garden"

"Garden Dreams II"

"Inside your Garden"

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James Leonard


     James Leonard has emerged as one of California’s leading abstract expressionist painters.  Born in American, Leonard grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has always been drawn to the early expressionists of the 1930’s and 40’s.  The German painter Gerhard Richter has had an influence on his style, approach and directness.

     Working with acrylics on canvas, Leonard uses bold horizontal and vertical strokes and strong color to reach into the viewer’s emotions.  His paintings can have thirty to forty layers.  “Most artists work from the outside in, the subject is outside of themselves. I work from the inside out,” says Leonard.  Most artists work with brushes; Leonard works with an extended palette knife. “I’m pulling paint, layering one layer at a time, which creates a sense of history in the painting. It’s like looking at a fence post that’s been repainted over a period of time. You can see the different colors and layers.” 

     Leonard’s compositions are entirely non-representational and move the viewer’s eye vertically and horizontally across the space.  This basic movement is complicated by layers of dripped, speckled and fragmented colors that infuse not only a rich language of color, but also a visual history left to be discovered by the eye as it moves across the surface.  Leonard’s inventive layering process results in heavy impasto, or textured, surfaces with a glossy, wet shine making them particularly beautiful when seen in person.

     “Art has always been the focus of my life,” he says.  “Just as our lives unfold in unique and beautiful ways, so do my paintings have their own unique and individual expression.”

     Great art is such a surprise. It’s so enchanting, so delightfully unexpected and unpredictable. In order to create that, you have to drop the concept of imposing what you think it should be, and allow the work to evolve in its own way. That requires all the skills of listening, allowing, learning to quiet that part of our mind that is constantly telling us how things should be. For me, that’s the essence of creativity.”- James Leonard

     Leonard has been creating a new series which he calls his Transformational Series.  He is using acrylic paint, creating a sculptural effect.  Inspired from his magnificent garden, it is a very fresh approach that we have never seen before.  Dale Chihuly sent him a note complimenting one of his new paintings.

     James Leonard’s powerful paintings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world.  He has received awards and honors from museums and juried exhibitions. 

Jones & Terwilliger Galleries is proud to represent James Leonard’s abstract paintings in Carmel and Palm Desert, California


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