Gary Leonard
Germantown, Wisconsin

Through composition, color, texture and more, Gary Leonard celebrates beauty. His works start with the subject, but then he lets the work evolve into a more complex composition. Oftentimes, he enjoys merging figures with abstract images and varying textures. He hopes that his works will leave the viewer with a sense of warmth and peace. When he's not making art, he enjoys listening to music and learning how to play the piano.

Artist and Customer Comments

commentsThe White Dress
P Villalobos 3/24/2016 | 4:02 AM

very nice,Leonard.

Gary Leonard 9/26/2015 | 9:03 AM

Hi Ellen, thank you for the comment. I am happy to hear you are enjoying the piece. Thank you for your purchase. Gary

E O'Donnell 9/24/2015 | 7:57 AM

Hello Gary, I recently purchased your work entitled "Timeless Peace". I wanted to tell you how beautiful your work is and how much I am enjoying it in my home. Thank you! Kind regards, Ellen

G Matzelle 12/13/2014 | 5:22 PM

Hi Gary! I am in the Chicago area and would be interested in commissioning you for a project! Let me know if you would be interested! Thanks!

Gary Leonard 10/13/2014 | 11:18 AM

Thank you so much for your comments. It's exciting to hear that my work has brought you happiness. It really provides a great deal of inspiration in creating new work knowing my work has made a special connection. Sorry to hear about your loss and wish you all the best in your efforts to rebuild. Gary

commentsDancer's Dream
T Foster 10/12/2014 | 10:25 PM

I absolutely love the movement & expression in this piece. I'm not a dancer & my daughter is a musician so I'm not typically "drawn" to this topic, but this piece is amazing! One day I hope to own something so beautiful. We are rebuilding our home after a house fire destroyed it & everything inside last December - including some art pieces that were special to me. I wish I had the budget right now, but one day... Thanks for sharing your gifts.

commentsQuiet Essence
Michelle 10/12/2014 | 12:20 PM

Gary, I love the way you captured the lighting on her butt. :)

Maiden's Dream

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front

40" h x 16" w x 1.25" d
4 lbs. 1 oz.


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This piece is a blend of soft emotion and the elegance of the figure. The cool colors create an abstraction of texture in the dress that flows with the peaceful feeling of graceful movement. The work is painted on a gallery wrapped canvas and the image wraps around the edges. It comes varnished and ready to hang. 

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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