Born in Yakima, Washington, 1953. His artistic encouragement started by age ten as a winner in a National Contest. During High School he was a Mentor at The School for Creative Talented Students. His Grandmother encouraged him to live life to the fullest. She always told him "Don't wait for your ship to come in, take a rowboat out to meet it". This led him to pursue Acting and Modeling during the 1980's. These opportunities have taken him around the world with a lifetime of memories. But, ART has always been his true love.
In 1980, he dedicated his first New York City Exhibit at twenty seven to a Mentor and Friend. The late Actor/Artist Mr. Henry Fonda. In 1981, he was the first artist to have had two paintings selected for The Long Beach Museum of Arts National Juried Competition in New York City. He was invited to exhibit at The International Center of Fine Contemporary Art in Paris, France in 1983. In addition to academic courses, he has studied and painted with prominent International Artist's in workshops around the world.
Mr. White is an International Award Winning Artist in Painting and Sculpture. His Sculpture "The Night Watchman" was one of the Top Thirty Artist's from over fourteen thousand entries worldwide in the Artisit's Magazine International Competition. Also the Highest award with Medal from the Society of Animal Artist's International Competition and the Honor of Signature Member. His art is included in Private, Corporate, City, Museum collections.
He has a strong respect for the natural wonders of the world and tries to capture that essence in his artwork. He is always seeking innovative new ideas for that "Creative Stimulation". He works in painting, stone, ceramic, bronze, mix medium and large public sculptures. Leon's philosophy, "The beauty of life is so precious and plentiful. One should tap all of his God given talents, pursue them to the best of his ability, and share with others everything he has to offer".
1973-1975. Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA. Art, Music.
1978-1982. Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. Art, Music, Drama.
1996-1998. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA. Bronze, Steel Sculpture.
Professional Workshops, Symposiums in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe.
1989-present. Northwest Stone Sculptors Association.
1990-1995. 2005-present. Signature Member, The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters.
2008. Signature Member, The International Society of Animal Artists.
Participates as a Juror and Exhibit Curator.
Karla Mastke Fine Art Gallery
Camano Island, WA.
Museum of Northwest Art, LaConnor, WA. Gallery Gift Store.
Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Bainbridge Island, WA. Gallery Gift Store.