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John Leone started out his career in New York City as an illustrator for magazines and books. From the beginning, his love for horses and the outdoors permeated his work.
Knowing he couldn't keep a horse from standign still, or a landscape from changing light, he found photography a useful tool. Soon he moved trom the city to the country with his wife Martha. He bought a farm in upstate New York and began to aquire his own horses. There he honed his riding and driving skills, allowing him to enter horse shows and hunter-pace events.
The hounds and horses in his paintings are frequently his own. To further his quest for authenticity in his work, he joined a local hunt. To be able to ride in even the worst weather, he attrached an indoor arean to his barn.
John Leone has painted numerous commissions for collecttors of their favorite mounts. He has been represented by galleries in Dallas, Houston, Santa Fe, Scottsdale and chicago. He has private shows in New York City, numerous corporate shows, a show at L. Rockefellor's Beaverkill Inn and a sold out two man show in Tokyo.
John Leone's formal art training was gained at the School of Art & Design in New York with additional studies at the Cooper Union Art Institute. His fine art paintings, which reflected his love of horses and the outdoors, found their way onto dust jackets for Western and adventure novels published by Simon & Schuster and Grossett & Dunlap.
Leone's approach to oil painting is in the style of the old masters. He works from a detailed pencil drawing rendered on parchment that is transferred to a toned canvas or panel. He paints the shadows in burnt umber and hen works the background, finishing with the foreground subjects.
Leone's internationally collected paintings reflect his world. He and his wife, Marty, live in the hunt country of New York, where they share space with some of the hounds and horses who populate his artwork.
Leone is a consummate teacher with the ability to inspire and instruct students at all levels. From beginners to professional artists, those who have studied with him offer high praise for the experience.