Artist David Leffel
Artist David Leffel

I didn’t get to shake David Leffel’s hand or tell him how much I appreciated his work, or his story, while we were at the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo. There were about a thousand artists in the room, when together we watched the video below that led to the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award for David. With all of the excitement going on, I didn’t get to tell him in person (yet) that we’re so fortunate that he chose to start drawing while living in a convalescent home in his youth, which began his path to becoming “a modern Old Master.”

Artist David Leffel
David Leffel, sharing words of wisdom at PACE.

For those who weren’t in the room, I’m happy to share with you the mini-documentary that captures David’s passion for art, which is something I think we can all benefit from. To quote the video, David Leffel “has spent a lifetime exploring the questions, What is Art, and What is Painting? Today his paintings define the answers to those very questions.”

Artist David Leffel
“Self-Portrait” by David Leffel (b. 1931)

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