Artist Eye Gallery

Laguna Beach, California

Featured Artist

Susan Leonhard

I grew up in Shadow Hills, California, a rural area in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley. Being a third generation artist, I began oil painting at the early age of 10. By using the talent that passed down to me from my great aunt, my grandmother and my dad, as well as my own personalized education, I’ve developed my own distinct impressionistic style.  

My love of nature and rural landscapes is my greatest inspiration.  I’m not a city person at all.  As a child I spent most of my time roaming the hills either by foot or on horseback.  I love the quiet, and I feel very peaceful in open spaces.  I am constantly studying my surroundings, looking for those key elements for a good painting, light and color.

I currently live in Laguna Niguel with my husband and daughter.  I enjoy painting the local Southern California landscapes, especially the local canyons.  Whenever possible, I travel to my favorite designation – Kauai, where I can explore and capture beautiful, lush and exotic new scenery.  I never grow tired of painting the Na’Pali coast.  The north coast of Kauai is timeless and is very reminiscent of old Hawaii.  It’s a wonderful and magnificent place.  

I am proud to be a part of the arts community in Southern California, and currently I serve on the Board of Laguna’s Sawdust – Winter Fantasy. Because I love the outdoors, I enjoy exhibiting locally in the Southern California area at a variety of outdoor art shows.