David A. Leffel

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Witty and warm with a sharp uncluttered vision, David A. Leffel is someone who lingers in your mind, long after the conversation has ended. Perhaps that’s part of the reason he has taught more students across the United States than anyone can count, many of whom return to capture some insight, yet to be expressed. His teaching combines the art of living and painting into one intelligent philosophy.

Rich with timeless information, David’s still life and portrait painting actively engage the viewer, inspiring a deeper look. The dramatic contrast of light and shadow, which became known during the Renaissance as chiaroscuro, thoughtfully illuminates select surfaces. In his painting and writing, all decisions matter. All have evolved from poignant years of struggle and disciplined study.

Public recognition and appreciation for David’s unparalleled skills are abundant. They include some of the most coveted prizes in the world of fine art; the Gold Medal for Oil, National Academy of Western Art; top awards from Allied Artists of America, the Hudson Valley Art Association, and the Salmagundi Club. In 2010, a special category was created in David’s honor at the California Art Club titled the Advancement of Art.

For the first time, available works from David’s studio are presented on this site. Collectors and interested individuals will receive advance notice of paintings, “Off the Easel.” For one week, the new work will be available prior to being shipped to other sources of representation.