John Leone

Paintings by John Leone

"I don't think I've done a painting without horses in the last 15 years. That's what I enjoy doing."

John Leone entered the horse-painting business straight out of college. As a freelancer, he decorated book covers of illustrated Westerns. Now he works in a strictly classical method, painting oil on canvas or panel.

When working on a painting, Leone invariably draws a very extensive, actual-size pencil study on vellum/parchment. After solving any problems with detail or value, he applies an acrylic paint color wash and begins the large, obvious areas – backgrounds and landscapes. Moving closer and closer to more intricate objects, he refines each feature with a progressively exact attention. The subject inevitably comes last.

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