Paint the parks


Find art inspired by your favorite parks. Click on an image below to see more work about these wonderful places

I have loved visiting these glorious places and making art about them throughout my career. A great deal of my work depicts parks around the country, particularly in the western states. I am pleased to join the movement of artists who “Paint the Parks” and donate a portion of proceeds to the preservation of parks or education about them. I will honor the 5% donation on any piece depicting a park, reserve or refuge that is purchased from the site, even if it is not featured on this page. Enjoy!

Timelines, etching


Purchases Of Any Art From This Page Will Support America’s State And National Parks, Preserves, Wildlife Refuges, Etc. 5% Of All Sales Will Be Sent Directly To The Support Group Of The Location Depicted In The Artwork. This Program “Paint The Parks” Is The Dream Of Karin Leonard. You Can Read More About This Program, And View The Art Of Other Participating Artists, At Www.Painttheparks.Com.


Torrey Pines, Yucca Point, etching

Torrey Pines State Park

Torrey Pines State Park is a local gem for me and a favorite place to hike.  Sandstone cliffs, beaches, rare Torrey Pine trees and a variety  of wildflowers make this small reserve an endlessly fascinating place to visit.

Oak’s Embrace, soft pastel

Mission Trails Regional Park

Mission Trails Regional Park celebrates the flora and fauna of the region along the San Diego River as is passes through the gorge.

Squall on the Desert, etching

Anza Borrego State Park

The drama of the desert – whether dunes and eroded sandstone formation, or the spectacular display of wildflowers in some very special years, draws me back again and again.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is an amazing place and I have been fortunate to experience it several times in years with abundant snow-pack resulting in great water flow over the falls.

Yosemite Falls, May 2005, soft pastel
Avalanche Lake, monotype

Glacier National Park

I have only experienced this park one time and was fortunate to have a wonderful guide who knows the park well and visits frequently. I am sure I would have missed many of these special spots had I tried to plan my visit on my own.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Cuyamaca is in the mountains near San Diego, and is a delightful place to visit in the fall, when the weather cools and the trees start showing some color. I have spent many a Thanksgiving Day exploring trails in Cuyamaca followed by a traditional feast at the quaint town of Julian.

Near Juaquapin Creek, watercolor


Red Canyon in the Kolob, Watercolor

Zion National Park

Zion National Park’s red rock formations inspired a number of compositions The Kolob canyon area was off the beaten track, very quiet and peaceful.

Saddle Rock Point, watercolor

Big Sur

Located along a rugged stretch of the California coastline, there are a number of trails with stunning views.  I had a great excuse to pass this way many times when my sons were in college.

Morning Mist, etching

Kings Canyon State Park

Several visits to Kings Canyon inspired in a variety of images including waterfalls, river views and mountain scenery.

San Clemente Oak, etching


Oak, Marion Bear Park, etching

other parks

A few  parks don’t (yet) have enough work to justify a whole gallery page.

Twisted Ttree, etching