Best known for his vibrant watercolor scenes, Leonard concentrates on the realistic depiction of nature and landscape vignettes. His paintings invite the viewer to become a part of the setting.
Leonard grew up with a love of nature, a deep concern for the earth and a passion for the American West. He draws his inspiration from the infinite world of nature - its lands and seas, its animals and its people. This popular artist's paintings have been recognized in numerous juried shows, both locally and nationally, and his studio walls are peppered with a variety of ribbons, awards and honors. Many of his works are featured in private and corporate collections across the country. His work can be seen in "The New Creative Artist" by well known artist/author Nita Leland and he is a featured artist in her newest book "Confident Color". In addition, his drawings appear in a series of learning and activity books for children in grades one through five produced by Children's Historical Publishing.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Leonard spent 25 years as a firefighter for the City of Dayton and over 35 years as a sign painter. Drawing since childhood and primarily a self-taught artist, he has refined his natural talents by attending workshops given by many nationally known artists such as Stephen Quiller, Don Andrews, Nicholas Simmons, John Salminen, Jack Hines, Robert Bateman and others and by studying at the yearly Pro-Art Workshop in Big Timber, Montana for more than 11 years. Now retired, he lives in the Caesar Creek area of Waynesville, Ohio, where he concentrates full-time on his painting. Len is a founding member of the Town & Country Fine Art Gallery in Kettering, Ohio and also a member of The ARTery, A Gallery at Front Street. He also teaches beginning and intermediate watercolor classes at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering, Ohio and gives demos and workshops throughout the surrounding area.
Len is an active member and past president of the Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, and an active member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, the Western Ohio Watercolor Society. In addition, he is a member and strong supporter of several conservation organizations including the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Defenders of Wildlife, the World Wildlife Federation, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and the Humane Society of America.