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Wandering The Heartland - The Photography of Michael Leonard

November 10, 2016 through January 21, 2017


Opening Reception
Friday, November 11, 2016

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Regional Arts Center
321 4th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501



Biography

Originally from Missouri, Michael Leonard has lived in Fort Smith since retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1994. He is well known as an innovative and highly skilled photographer. Leonard's photographic interests and styles are multifaceted and he has photographed many different subjects. Well recognized for unique printing and presentation techniques, Leonard has inspired and trained many other photographers to learn his dramatic style of both color and black and white infrared photography. He spends every free minute he can exploring and photographing our country.

Leonard has had solo exhibits at The Art Form Gallery in Van Buren, Studio Loud in Hot Springs and Remy Fine Art Gallery in Fort Smith. Recent solo exhibits include galleries at The Center For Art Education in Van Buren (2016) and the Batesville Area Arts Council (2016). His work is on permanent display at The Western Legacy Gallery in Van Buren and has gone on tour with The Arkansas Arts Council's; Small Works On Paper show in 2015

Leonard has won numerous awards in regional photography competitions. “Best Of Show” awards include Mena Art Gallery's photography show in 2016, 2014 and 2010; Cossatot Arts and Crafts Association art show in 2014 and 2016; Caddo River Art Guild's photography show in 2014 and The Mid-America Photography Symposium/ Ozark Photographic Challenge in 2011.





Artist Statement


My life revolves around the art of photography. I've learned to see the world around me in a completely different way since becoming a photographer. Light becomes paint on a canvas and commonly found objects transform into graphic sculpture. Capturing an image is a multifaceted emotional experience that allows me to combine my interest in art, music and travel into one all consuming passion.


Photography has only deepened my fascination with the beauty and diversity of the great outdoors. The spiritual and aesthetic value of nature is priceless but I also love learning about the earth science and biology that explains the natural world around us. The more I know about my subjects, the better my photographs become. Studying and observing animal behavior has helped me get better wildlife pictures, weather watching gives me dramatic skies and watching the sun tells me when to be there.


Shooting black and white images helps to create a sense of history. Many homes, machines, and structures that people built in the past are abandoned when they have outlived their usefulness and are left to decay into ruin. Time and the effects of flooding, fire, and rust can transform everyday objects into works of art. Using an infrared camera allows me to preserve this world in an incredibly detailed and very dramatic new way. Infrared photography's unique appearance, incredible detail and high contrast allows me to remove color without losing visual interest. The ethereal quality of glowing white vegetation, dramatic skies and dark water reinforces the suggestion that people from the past might still inhabit the structures in my images.


Exploring new places has been an exciting part of my life since childhood. When people ask me where my favorite place is, my answer is always, “Any place I haven't been to yet.” Traveling to new photo locations appeals to the spirit of adventure and discovery in me and I hope to share that feeling with people seeing my work.


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Past events:

Date Time Location
January 21, 2017 4:00 PM Regional Arts Center FREE


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