A graduate of NCAD Leonard is especially renowned for her exceptional landscapes. Her works explore light and dark and focuses on capturing these elements in forests and glades. Inspired by the Irish landscape Leonard revisits places and scenes that are familiar to her such as the costal areas surrounding Howth, which have a particular resonance to the artist in capturing light. Furthermore the misty atmosphere across the mutable landscapes of Donegal, West Limerick and West Cork are an ongoing source of inspiration for her work.
Through her skill as a printmaker, she has developed a methodology for printing multiple colours using only two plates, yet creating great depth through line and tone by overlapping primary colours.
The artist has designed 16 stamps for An Post and has won an award in Japan for stamp design. She has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin for many years and her work is in the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland and the Watercolour Society of Ireland’s permanent collection, both at the University of Limerick. Other collections include the Office of Public Works, the Arts Council, P&O Cruises UK, and HQ Global Work Places (The Netherlands).
D. O’Sullivan Graphic Supplies awarded her the prize for Graphic Work of Distinction at the Annual RHA Exhibition in 1991.
Selected Solo Shows
2011 Retrospective, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Selected Group Show
2010 Yeats and the Golden Age of Print, Sligo Art Gallery
2008 Revelation, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
2005 Gardens of Earthly Delight, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin