The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University announces “Looking at the World,” an exhibition of paintings by Memphis artist Claudia Tullos-Leonard. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, March 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Claudia Tullos-Leonard holds a BS and MBA from the University of Memphis and has completed two years of coursework toward an MFA also at the University of Memphis. She works primarily in oil, focusing on the intricacies, abstractions and constantly changing aspects of nature. Over the past seven years, her work has been featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery Fifty Six and exhibited regularly in juried and invitational shows in Memphis, winning numerous awards. Since retiring early from FedEx, she has been actively engaged in marketing strategy, grant writing, and program development for various arts organizations throughout the Memphis community.
Tullos-Leonard says that her current work depicts transformations in the Southern garden and landscape. “A variety of factors including specific features, shapes, color variations, or contrasts in lights and darks can influence my decision to paint a particular image,” she says. “However, once engaged in the painting process, I pay as much attention to the deepest space or what is under the surface of the water as I do to a brilliantly lit leaf or a translucent bloom. The initial attraction gives way to the process of looking intently and painting the colors, shapes, light, patterns, complexities, and abstractions that I find.”