Leanne Baird is a visual artist residing in Peterborough, Ontario. A former landscape designer and graduate of the Fine Art program at the University of Toronto, Leanne’s love of the natural world has evolved onto the canvas. Her education also includes international studies in both the USA and India. Immersion into the study of yoga and ancient Indian scriptures has enabled Leanne to develop a subtle eye and a sublime feeling for her surroundings.
Continuing to be inspired by nature, Leanne’s art making process focuses on the landscape, specifically trees. Leanne practices capturing the feeling of the natural world by absorbing herself into the elements of nature such as earth, water and light and expressing her experience in an abstracted expression of the landscape. She currently works with the acrylic medium, occasionally adding mixed media such as gold leaf.
Leanne’s work is also inspired by sacred art and geometry such as Mandalas. She made the study of Mandalas her focus during her final year of independent studies at The University of Toronto and continues to create them. She gives workshops entitled “ A Vision Quest into the Mandala” where she facilitates participants to awaken to their creative power within.
Leanne has also been featured on HGTV demonstrating unique craving techniques
She is currently represented by The Ethel Curry Gallery in Haliburton and the Colborne Street Gallery in Fenelon Falls.
Her work has been shown at the Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery in Unionville, The Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Rails End Gallery in Haliburton, The Uxbridge Studio Tour, The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour as well as various juried group and solo shows.
Leanne has taught children’s and corporate workshops at the Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery in Unionville. She has also taught in the Toronto, York, Durham, and Kawartha Pine Ridge district school boards. She served for three years on the board of directors at the Art School of Peterborough. Leanne is currently focusing on her own painting practice.