Karen Leoni is a northern California artist with a passion for painting and drawing. She is focused on figures and animals in the landscape and often prepares her works by painting small studies outdoors in the plein air style.
Karen believes that the studies improve the larger, more finished pieces by enabling her to capture and recreate more accurate color and atmosphere. It also develops her “artist memory” when racing the clock and observing the changes in light that only occur when painting plein air.
Leoni is an instructor at the Academy of Art University in the Foundations department and is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the California Art Club.
“I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to live in an area where I am surrounded by the magnificent landscape with its endless variety. Painting allows me to closely examine nature and notice things every day that otherwise would have passed me by. Time slows down when you paint or sketch. It’s magical.”
Her work is represented in galleries throughout California, New York and Florida as well as in private collections across the U.S. and in Italy.