Suzanne Leonard

As a native Oklahoman, a move to Chicago in 1989 provided Suzanne the opportunity to continue her art instruction and begin her painting career. She has experimented with many mediums including watercolor, encaustic panel and oil painting. The complexity and versatility of oil paint has proven to be her favorite.   She has studied with Ed Hinkley and at The Palette and Chisel Art Academy with nationally known artist Helen Oh. In 2017, Suzanne moved permanently to Charleston, South Carolina to continue creating art from inspiration she sees around her every day.

Suzanne’s work has been exhibited at Waterworks gallery in Chicago, the Paint Box Gallery in Fish Creek, Wisconsin and Domain Interiors in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Her work can also be found in many private collections around the country.


Artist’s Statement

Suzanne is inspired by the ever-changing light on water and the play of light and shadow. Her favorite subjects are seascapes and shadows cast by the human figure. A successful painting to her is one that captures a moment in time and allows you to truly see it.  For Suzanne, painting is a gift and she is genuinely happy to share it with everyone.