Portfolio Naples February 2017 - Page 55

Diane Leonard, Florida Leonard, a self-taught contempo- rary Impressionist, paints scenes of quiet bliss. Her brush style varies from a tighter, detailed technique to a looser style evident in some of her newer works. Leonard exhibits widely in the U.S. and Japan. Above: A Little Happy Time, 10 x 10 in. Oil on linen Right: New York Sailing, 24 x 24 Oil on Linen through art events, exhibits, or col- leagues and recommendations,” Gard- ner explains. “With collectors, being able to meet each one in person gives me the opportunity to get a sense of their tastes, their aspirations, goals for their collection and ideas for long- range investment plans. When I meet the owners who are ready to sell their artwork, the most important element is trust. They trust that I can find the right buyer, handle the deal fluidly and with discretion, and tie up all loose ends for a successful transaction so that both the seller and buyer are satisfied with the exchange of owner- ship of their masterwork.” PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 53