LEONARD MIZEREK, nurtured his artistic love of nature while growing up in the Brandywine Valley. As a young boy, he often went painting along the Brandywine River, deriving inspiration from the countryside of nearby Pennsylvania. His early influence was with the New Hope Impressionists School.
Leonard was twice awarded Artist in Residence at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France. He painted the area for a month and Two of his paintings was made part of the museum collection. He was featured on the cover of American Artist Magazine. He was invited as one of 23 nationally recognized contemporary marine artists to exhibit in a special five museum exhibition, which toured New England to the Newport Art Museum, the Maine Maritime Museum and Connecticut River Museum. In addition, he exhibited in the Coos Bay Museum of Fine Art and the Cape Museum of Fine Art.
Leonard was elected as one of 70 members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists. He is an Artist Member of the National Arts Club where he was awarded the Saltzman Excellence in Painting Award in 2011. He is one of 26 Fellows of The American Society of Marine Artists where he was awarded The "Ironman Award", the highest honor given by the Society as one of only 7, in Societies 40 yr. history. He is also Signature Artist Member of the New England Watercolor Society, Connecticut Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society and the International Society of Marine Painters. He resides in Westport, CT.
Past exhibitions include: Over 30 Featured Artist and One Man Shows. The American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the Chase Center on the Riverfront , Wilmington, DE, the Delaware Art Museum, The Frye Museum of Art, Seattle, WA, The Mariner’s Museum, Norfolk, VA, The Cummer Museum, Jacksonville, FL, San Diego Maritime Museum, The Mystic Seaport Museum. He has exhibited in the Annual Mystic International since 1988 and the Annual Modern Marine Masters Exhibitions since 1995 at Mystic Seaport. Two exhibitions at the National Academy of Design in New York, Operation Sail, Boston, First Place in the Sea Heritage Marine Exhibition, He graduated with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and studied at The New York Art Students League under nationally known artist, Nelson Shanks. He also studied at the National Academy of Design under internationally known artist, Raymond Kinstler.
Leonard was one of the 15 artists to paint at the Forbes Ranch in Colorado. His work is in Forbes permanent collection, American Yacht Club collection, Lexmark International, Bell Hellicopter, Encore Bank, Berwind and other corporate collections. Leonard was recently featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and American Art Collector. He is also featured in the books, Painting Ships, Shores, & the Sea,Make Your Watercolors more Professional, Gallery of Marine Art and Bound for Blue Water. He was included in magazine articles in Maine Boats & Harbors, Plein Air, Marine Art Quarterly, and Sea History and Soundings Magazine.
"Bringing light into my work has been my current focus. I enjoy looking for the hidden colors in natural light. I often look at the sky or at reflections in the water, and see how my perception of color changes from day to day.
Light alters the color of all objects and touches those nearby. It sets a mood and evokes emotion, which I strive to portray in my work. I often use a limited palette to explore various methods in which to interpret the way I view nature.
I prefer maritime subjects mostly because I enjoy the way water reflects the sky, the coast, and the weather. It mirrors the shapes of objects on its surface and intensifies their light. I paint outdoors to capture the light first hand and bring out all the color and luminosity."