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Janice Leonard, May 24, 2013, 2:45 pm (Leonard Road outside Paradise), 2014

“I have been focusing on Paradise and its history for 25 years. Concentrating on this subject for that amount of time has allowed me to always be connected to my childhood home. This painting has been developed from drawings and notes done on site in 2011 and 2012. The places I choose are familiar. Some I have drawn and painted countless times. The pieces are always approached by the memory of them and as I bring my notes back to my studio I recall the light, the time, the place, my history and the history of the land itself. I paint on board using the stained surface as ground, and glazes and varnishes to denote time passed.”
– J.L.

Janice Leonard was educated at NSCAD University. Her work has been shown at galleries across Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and is held in the collections of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ottawa, the Canada Council Art Bank, Dalhousie Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, among others. 

The Nova Scotia Spotlight series highlights recent acquisitions to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s Permanent Collection by artists contributing to the province’s cultural heritage. With support from Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. in Memory of Robert W. M. Manuge.

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