Emma Leonard is an artist, illustrator and mother. You can usually find her in her home studio in Melbourne’s inner west alongside her children and her beloved dog, Buffalo.
Leonard’s masterful use of oil paint has made us fall in love with her stunning still life paintings. She invites us into intimate domestic moments. We see ripe figs next to speckled handmade ceramics, an orange persimmon placed next to deep purple foliage all of which are painted with thoughtful colours that compliment each other perfectly. The surface of her paintings are rich and textural.
Leonard’s constantly collecting from her surroundings and using her findings to establish compositions “I also usually like to include something from nature, like a stem of wattle collected on my morning walk or a few Birds Of Paradise blooms from outside my bedroom window”. She always begins the painting process with a warm raw sienna underpainting. During the underpainting stage, Emma plans her composition and preps a base that gives her artwork a warm glow.