Karin H. Leonard                    Luminous Landscapes

 Exhibits, Events & News

Big Sur Autumn, 18x24, Oil on Linen

Jan. 1 - Feb. 28

Capitola Plein Air Competition Exhibit

Honorable Mention Award

Exhibit of winners, Gayle's Bakery, Capitola

Nov. 9 - April 5th

Central Coast Landscapes, Celebrating Nature in Painting

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Reception: Saturday, November 9,

5:00pm - 7:00pm


230-D Mount Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066, (831) 439-9094
Online map

Saturday, September 14, 10am - 6pm


230-D Mount Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA 95066, (831) 439-9094

Center for Health
555 Soquel Ave, #260
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Previous Exhibits

Yosemite Valley, Tunnel View ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 24x36

Painting our Parks

September 17, 2012 – January 18 2013 ~ Santa Cruz Oil Painters Curated by Joan Blackmer

Our local Santa Cruz Oil Painters group is hosting an exciting of show of Parks Paintings at

all Branches of the Santa Cruz County Bank’s Art Collaborative .

20% of sales made during this exhibition will benefit Friends of Santa Cruz County State Parks

Painting our Parks, features over 100 plein air paintings of County, State and National Parks in California,

from the quiet beauty of the pond at Quail Hollow, the grandeur of the rocky coast at Garrapata,

to the majestic cliffs of Yosemite. The paintings were produced by fourteen Santa Cruz artists

of the Santa Cruz Oil Painters. Their images have captured the magic and the treasure of California’s natural beauty.

Point Lobos Poppies, o/c, 18x24

Preview Karin's Paintings at this show

Artists’ Reception: 5:30-7:30pm on Thursday, September 27th Santa Cruz County Bank, 720 Front Street, Santa Cruz.

Meet the artists, purchase artwork and network with other art lovers.

Exhibit at all Santa Cruz County Bank offices:

Aptos:7775 Soquel Drive ~ Capitola:819 Bay Avenue ~ Santa Cruz:720 Front Street ~ Scotts Valley:4604 Scotts Valley Drive ~ Watsonville –

595 Auto Center Drive

Exhibition Viewing Hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5pm Friday 9am – 6pm Excluding Holidays.

Exhibiting Artists: Coraly Hanson, Frances Travers, Jean Thomas, Judy Miller, Karen Scarborough, Karin Leonard, Linda Mitchell,

Lorraine Catania, Marnie Dufau, Mary Garon, Michele Hausman, Richard Klevins, Skip Andreae, & Suzanne Elliott.


2010 Exhibit Schedule

York Gallery
2724 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California  95062


Open Studios Tour Santa Cruz , juried show


"Los Pajaros", Pajaro Valley Gallery, juried show


"Connecting with the Land " - Painting the the Santa Cruz Land Trust ~ Pajaro Valley Gallery, juried show


"Local Essence" - Artleague Membership Show

526 Broadway, Santa Cruz

Ongoing  Center for Health
555 Soquel Ave, #260
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


 Luminous Landscapes Celebrating California

  blue lotus

ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, March 6th

5-9pm (group reception for this 5 artist exhibit)

County Government Center

5th Floor, 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 

Exhibit: February 2 - April 1,   M-F 8-5pm   Info: call Karin at 724-5400


Karin's painting "Wild Garden by the Sea" featured on a wine label:

Limited Release Savignon Blanc 2008

 Roudon Smith Winery

Wild Garden by the Sea, Pastel & Gouache on Sanded Paper, 18x24, Prints available   

© 2006 Karin H. Leonard 


(A Giclee Print of the above painting is currently on display at York Gallery and Hair Heaven, in Santa Cruz, CA

We had an exciting day, thank you for visiting!

Bottle signing, Art Show of Karin's paintings & Wine Tasting

July 19th 2008


Watch a brief TV program with Karin painting en Plein-Air:

As I was painting en plein-air, at my favorite stomping ground Point Lobos, a TV crew from News Channel 10 (Sacramento) happened to pass through, and interviewed me.  You can see a segment of this in Jonathan Mumm's well done "California PostCard" on Point Lobos.  The whole program is only 3.5 minutes, the brief segment with Karin is towards the end.

Click on the image below to watch:

Spirit of Point Lobos, oil on canvas, 24x24

2009 Exhibit Schedule

York Gallery
2724 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California  95062

May 30th -

June 28

Irreplaceable Places: Contemporary Landscape Painters of California, California Statewide Exhibit (juried by Kevin McPherson),  Art League, Santa Cruz

Artist's reception Sat. June 6th, 3-5pm

February 2nd - April 1st

County Government Center , 5th Floor, 701 Ocean Street.

Artist's reception Friday, March 6th, 5-9pm (group reception for this 5 artist exhibit)

February 6th - March 1st

"Local Essence" - Artleague Membership Show

526 Broadway, Santa Cruz

Artist's reception Saturday, Feb. 14th, 3-5pm


Sarah's Vineyard, Gilroy

Santa Cruz Oil Painters, Group Show

Artist's reception & Paintout Saturday, April 18th

Ongoing  Center for Health
555 Soquel Ave, #260
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
2008 Exhibit Schedule

York Gallery
2724 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California  95062

February 15th - May 15th

Children's Mental Health Agency, County of Santa Cruz,

Emeline Street

June - July

Costanoa Resort

Solo Show

Artist's reception Saturday, July 26th, 5:30-7:30pm

2001 Rossi Road at Highway One, Pescadero,  22 miles north of Santa Cruz,  in the conference room  

Enjoy 30+ of Karin's paintings, wine, cheese & music 

July 19th

Roudon Smith Winery

 Bottle signing, Art Show of Karin's paintings & Wine Tasting

11 am - 5pm

Special release Savignon Blanc featuring Karin's painting

Wild Garden by the Sea

2364 Bean Creek Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95060 Directions

Free Admission, Wine & gourmet cheese tasting $15 (complimentary with Santa Cruz Mountains Passport)  

September 17 - November 12

Michael's Restaurant on 2591 Main St., Soquel

Reception with the artist October 3rd, 3-5pm


Karlene Dahlmeier's gallery & Acupuncture office

Reception to be announced

Ongoing  Center for Health
555 Soquel Ave, #260
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Poppies Greeting Whales, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 30, SOLD, Prints available                    © 2007 Karin H. Leonard 

Poppies Greeting Whales

Meadows glow with California gold,

Oceans cool with heaven's silver.

Two giants spout spring's joy,

Countless tiny cups serenade their passage.


After a meditation retreat at my favorite hermitage, this meadow on Big Sur Highway One, vibrating with poppies, stopped my heart and car.  Hastily heisting my everready easle in place, I was rewarded with whales spouting in the azur waters.  Talk about a plein-air painter's paradise!  May you be poppy and whale blessed ...


About Greeting Cards & Giclée Prints

Art Greeting Cards are a popular and inexpensive way to enjoy favorite paintings.  Close to 40 of my images are available as greeting cards through my website, and at local stores such as Bookshop Santa Cruz, Papervision and Capitola Book café.

Interested in having my cards at your store?
Send e-mail to: karin@innerevolution.com

Quality Giclée Prints of my paintings are available
at our
store or through http://www.artists.com/

About Giclée Prints
               Through reproduction, more people can enjoy a favorite image.  On this website you will notice a few giclée (ghee-clay) prints.  At this time, 28 of my paintings are available as high quality giclée prints.  The art of printing has become even more precise and affordable with this printing process.  A giclée print is as visually rewarding as it is technically amazing, featuring brilliant, exquisite color and razor sharp detail, almost identical to the original.

           The cornerstone of this process is an enhanced digital inkjet printer, which is specifically designed for the precise criteria of fine art collectors and connoisseurs of museum quality prints.  The word giclée is French, and means spurt or squirt, in this case meaning "spray of ink"  From hundreds of inkjets more than a million droplets of ink per second are sprayed on watercolor paper.  A completed image is compromised of almost 20 billion droplets of ink.  The resulting print has no perceptible dot pattern.  It's an endless array of richly saturated color, and every nuance of the original image.

All of the artwork shown in this gallery is copyrighted © by Karin H. Leonard
All rights reserved reserved. Do not duplicate or use without written permission
On screen color will appear differently on some computer monitors

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