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15 x 16
Leon: Raised in the open ranch land of Northern New Mexico, Leon developed an affinity for the Southwestern landscape. After attending Aspen High School, he studied at the Colorado Institute of Art along with private studies. While stationed in Germany with the army, he was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, and studied painting techniques of the old masters for two years, finishing by copying a Franz Hals at the Stuttgart Stattsgalerie Art Museum. On his return to Colorado, Leon developed his intaglio techniques, selling prints in mountain galleries. In 1998, Leon purchased his first letterpress and received immediate success with the woodblock prints he produced. The layering of color in the woodblock process allows him to better capture the atmospheric qualities of the Southwestern Landscape that have such a strong meaning for him. Leon has continued to develop his printmaking skills and currently owns a publishing company, producing his Reduction Style Woodblocks as well as limited edition books. His woodblocks are exhibited nationally and collected by numerous museums.