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 Brandywine School.
Leonard was recently awarded Artist in Residence for June 06 at the Museum Yvonne Jean-Haffen in Dinan, France. He will be painting the area for the month and those paintings will be exhibited in France and subsequently one will be made part of the museum collection. He was one of 15 artists selected to paint at the Forbes Colorado Ranch; and exhibited at the Forbes Museum in New York and made part of the permanent collection. He was featured on the August 2001 cover of American Artist Magazine. He was invited as one of 23 nationally recognized contemporary marine artists to exhibit in a special three 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 recently selected as one of 70 members of the prestigious Guild of Boston Artists. He was awarded Fellowship, the highest honor as one of only 23, in The American Society of Marine Artists. 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. Recently, Leonard was elected to the New England Plein Air Painters. He resides in Westport, CT.
Past exhibitions have included: Several Featured Artist and One Man Shows. The American Society of Marine Artists Exhibitions at the FirstUSA Riverfront Arts Center, 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, The International Society of Marine Painters and numerous national exhibitions. 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 selected by Watercolor Magazine to paint at the Forbes Ranch in Colorado. His work is in Forbes permanent collection, American Yacht Club collection, Lexmark International, Bell Hellicopter, and other corporate collections. Leonard was one of the artists selected for Splash 3, a book showcasing America's top 100 watercolorists. He was chosen as a finalist in The Artist Magazines Competition 95, 97, 00, 2003 and also shown in International Artist Magazine Fall 2003 issue. He is also featured in the book, Painting Ships, Shores, & the Sea, as well as, the book, Make Your Watercolors more Professional published by North Light Books. His work is also in Colored Pencil 3, Rockport Publishers, Gallery of Marine Art, Rockport Publishers. He was recently included in magazine articles in Maine Boats & Harbors, Marine Art Quarterly, American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magazine and Sea History Magazine. Also, Len was chosen as the "Artist of the Month" for The Artist's Magazine, featured on their website. As well as in the book, Bound for Blue Water, by Greenwich Workshop Press.
"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."
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