Tricia Poulos Leonard

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My hope is that my work will communicate recognition of common human experience and joy to my viewers. You will notice that many of my paintings reference that jazz influence in the actual image or in the title of the piece. Abstract paintings are a visual representation of the abstract quality of music. My work expresses all of the emotions, from pure joy with life to the dark moments we all experience. The pain and pleasure that I have felt in my life is expressed through my art.


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Art was a part of my childhood...there were always paints, pastels, pencils, and paper available. The first memory I have of wanting to be an artist was in junior high school when I was put in charge of posters and displays for school events. I continued to be the ‘class artist’ through high school, then enrolled at UCLA as an art major I am a graduate of UCLA with a degree in studio art. While at UCLA I studied with Richard Diebenkorn, who greatly influenced my development at an artist. I followed my university years with 30 years teaching, counseling and administering in the California public schools. I have been a fulltime artist since retiring in 2007. I have since attended classes with John Salmenin, Robert Burridge, Donna Watson and many other contemporary artists. These classes and my background in Abstract Expressionism have greatly influenced my current painting style.

Through the years, I have enjoyed painting the landscapes around me in an impressionist landscape painting style but, recently, I have changed my direction back to an abstract painting style. I find this way of expressing myself exhilarating! In this style, I can express my innermost emotions. I hope to reach the viewer through a deep understanding of the subconscious directions our minds take us. My recent work is in an abstract style that reflects but does not copy my abstract expressionist background from UCLA. I have developed my own approach using watercolor, acrylic, and collage materials to create original mixed media abstract images of people, animals, buildings, still lifes, and pure abstractions. My way of working is highly original. I sometimes start with an idea of what I will be painting, but the idea takes on a life of its own in the course of the creation. As I work on a piece, I find that thoughts and feelings that I have suppressed come through the painting as it progresses. My inspirations are from my relationships as a wife and mother, my travels throughout the world, and my own internal struggle to understand the meaning of life. I use jazz music as a bridge from the abstract of music to the abstract of visual art.

My hope is that my work will communicate recognition of common human experience and joy to my viewers. You will notice that many of my paintings reference that jazz influence in the actual image or in the title of the piece. Abstract paintings are a visual representation of the abstract quality of music. My work expresses all of the emotions, from pure joy with life to the dark moments we all experience. The pain and pleasure that I have felt in my life is expressed through my art.


awards

  • International Acrylic Artists Show, July 2011, Holbein Award
  • Upstream People Gallery, February 2012, Special Recognition Merit Award, Livermore Vineyards
  • Alameda County Fair, July 2010, Silver Award, Moment of Surrender
  • Upstream People Gallery, June 2010, Special Recognition Merit Award, In the Nest
  • US Bank Show 2010, Honorable Mention, Descending Koi
  • Pleasanton Art League Spring Show 2010, Honorable Mention, Morning Moon
  • LAA Essential Nude Show 2010, Honorable Mention, Dreamscape
  • Livermore Art Association, Spring Show 2010, Best Mixed Media Award, Moment of Surrender
  • Alameda County Fair, July 2009, Juried Acceptance - 3 pieces, Best of Class, Leaving the Nest
  • Livermore Art Association, Merit Award, In the Nest, June 3-July 8, 2009
  • Placerville National Show 2009, Honorable Mention, Leaving the Nest
  • Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, International Watermedia XVI, Juried acceptance
  • CWA/Blick, Small Format, Big Impact, Juried Acceptance-2 pieces, June 1-28, 2009
  • City of Pleasanton City Arts Commission, 2009 Award for Artistic Excellence, Midnight on the Boulevard
  • Pleasanton Art League Spring Show 2009, Honorable Mention, Midnight on the Boulevard
  • LAA Art in the Vineyard, 2009
  • Livermore Art Association Spring Show 2009, Merit Award, Midnight on the Boulevard
  • Tracy Art League Expressions 2009, Honorable Mention, Concannon Victorian Porch
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