SAN DIEGO NEWS 4/29/04
“Leonard works in an introspective, intuitive fashion, painting glorious hues of magenta ribbons in an abstract manner.”

GUEST JUROR SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF THE LIVING ARTIST 2004 PETER GORDON
‘I’m looking for a work that makes me want to look twice - not something I’ve seen countless times before. And when I look at an work, I want to feel as if the artist is self-assured about his/her medium and technique and that both are in the service of the idea or image, not vice-versa.”

LAGUNA BEACH-POST 3/16/2000
“Because Leonard allows his work to evolve, figures began to appear on the canvas. Spritely, ethereal apparitions, some white, some black, rendered with gestural strokes, seem to dance on Leonard’s luminous fields of color.”

WWW. ABOUT. COM. 8/7/99
“As I was researching this article, (Summer in the City: New York Exhibition Guide), I discovered an image (a painting by James Leonard) which continued to haunt me as I wrote. It’s a good example of some of the new talent who will be showcased this summer.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch 6/5/97
“Leonard provides a sense of movement and unrest with visible brush strokes of vibrant color inside the ordered shapes. But when Leonard subverts this pattern-as he does in the majority of these works - he then moves from being simply a good practioner of compositional abstraction and into the real of a powerful painter.”

The Santa Fe New Mexican 8/9/96
“Painter James Leonard wants to take the viewer on a journey into the soul. Forget the obvious and the superficial. His abstract paintings ask to be penetrated.”