PleinAir Art Podcast with Eric Rhoads and David Leffel
Eric Rhoads (left) and David Leffel (right) during this recording of the PleinAir Art Podcast

Portrait and landscape artist David Leffel spoke with Publisher Eric Rhoads at the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo for a live recording of this week’s PleinAir Art Podcast. During the conversation, Leffel tells us about his compelling life story.

Leffel says that due to joint disease, he essentially grew up in hospitals until he was about 14 years old. He needed many major surgeries through those years, which was also during World War II. His schooling, like that of many other child patients, came from one-on-one tutoring. When he was 15 years old, he was finally able to live at home with his parents in New York, and he began taking art classes at his high school. Around 1950 he attended the Parsons School of Design (New York), and later had a career in advertising and as a draftsman. He started painting at night while rooming with Juilliard music students, and through them, came to know a more artistic crowd.

Listen to PleinAir Art Podcast Episode 77: David Leffel (and stay tuned for the audience Q&A!):

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