Leonard Wren Bio
Gallery Updated on Sunday, February 26, 2017
Leonard Wren's paintings exude his sincere joy for life and for the beauty of the world around him. Finding infinite inspiration in the everyday world, he paints intimate scenes with grace and eloquence. He is able to convey the subtle splendor in scenes often overlooked by others. Leonard Wren states, "It's the duty of the artist to bring out the beauty of the simplest scene." Leonard Wren is intrigued by relationships of light and color. He goes directly to the outdoors to get the truth. As a plein air painter he must move quickly to eternalize on canvas his impression of the fleeting moment. By skillfully placing colors side by side allowing them to blend optically, Wren is able to capture light, color, atmosphere, and the illusion of depth exceptionally well. His paintings are full of color and life, having a sense of controlled spontaneity and liveliness in his brushwork. In essence they are a reflection of Leonard Wren himself. In addition to painting the beauty of the American landscape, Leonard Wren enjoys traveling to new places to find inspiration. His journeys take him to locales such as Italy, France, Spain, and Jamaica. He is also intrigued with the wonderful light and variety in the landscape of Washington State, where he is building a new studio. Leonard Wren refers to himself as an "American Impressionist." He considers the style's accessibility and popularity a plus. "Impressionism is like the blues," Wren says. "It's so basic that it touches you profoundly."