Known for her expressive paintings of the Middle Tennessee landscape, Nashville artist Emily Leonard tightens her focus and makes new the classic subject of flowers in a new series of paintings, “Unfold,” on view at David Lusk Gallery. In pale hues and unrestrained fluid gestures, Leonard has created sleek, sumptuous portraits of peonies and other garden flowers that meld abstraction and representation, capturing each flower’s strength and fragility and bringing forth the ineffable sensation of beholding its beauty.

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