Stephanie Leonard, San Clemente Member Since October 2012 Artist Statement Stephanie Leonard is a self taught artist who begun drawing and painting when her life was drastically altered upon finding out that her 5 year old daughter had cancer. She was born in Peru, South America and lived there for 13 years; much of the picturesque but also tragically impoverish culture and surrounding visual arts to depict this environment had a lasting impact in her always creative mind. She grew up in Southern CA, in Rancho Palos Verdes, and graduated with a degree in Psychology from the California University of Long Beach in psychology and biology in hopes to pursue neurosurgery, but, with her daughter’s illness she was veered in this artistic journey. Once she begun sketching her in the hospital she felt solace but also a certainty in that ART was the path she should be on.
"In my work I often find myself drawn to detail as well as to focal points of light and dark. I am driven by the unique movement often produced by objects in nature as well as by the rustic aspects of the surroundings experienced in my childhood. But with that said, yet, everyday I find new ways to explore and further play with ideas and outcomes. Having made this wonderful artistic path into a permanent one, I am now always inspired by what I can create into my canvas with each waking morning."