Master painter David A Leffel will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and present an onstage demonstration at the Plein Air Convention & Expo. Though primarily known for his portraiture, Leffel is a lifelong painter of plein air landscapes and has influenced the plein air movement.
The award will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 16-20, 2018. PACE is the largest gathering of landscape and plein air artists in the world. The award will be presented by PleinAir magazine Publisher B. Eric Rhoads.
Leffel was born in Brooklyn in 1931, and as a young child spent years in hospitals battling a bone disease. He used this time to hone his drawing abilities, developing a passion for art. This eventually led him to enroll in Parsons School of Design, as well as Fordham University. At the Art Students League of New York, he flourished under the artist and instructor Frank Mason and ultimately taught there himself for 25 years.
In 1992 Leffel and his partner, the renowned painter Sherrie A. McGraw, moved to Taos, where their studios overlook the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Well-known to art students worldwide through his bestselling books and videos, Leffel conducts workshops throughout the country.
His books in print are Self-Portraits: A Visual Journey of Insight (Bright Light Publishing, 2008), An Artist Teaches: Reflections on the Art of Painting (Bright Light Publishing, 2004), and Oil Painting Secrets from a Master (with Linda Cateura, 1984, reprinted 1995).
About the Plein Air Convention
The Plein Air Convention & Expo is an annual event created by PleinAir magazine that is designed to inspire and educate plein air (outdoor) painters. The event has four stages, with over 80 of the top painters in the world doing demonstrations on painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, and even demos on sculpture. Following daily sessions, the entire body of attendees gathers to paint outdoors together each day. There is also a giant Expo Hall of art materials and suppliers. More information can be found at www.pleinairconvention.com.
About Plein Air Painting
Plein air is a French term meaning “open air” or “outdoors.” For generations painters have gone outdoors to sketch and paint landscapes and scenery in order to capture true color and light. Today’s plein air movement appeals to people who love to be outdoors, love to be creative, and love to travel and have a busy social life, as painters often paint and travel together. A documentary on the painting movement called Outside the Lines: Revolutionaries in the Art World can be found online at www.paintoutside.com.
About PleinAir Magazine
PleinAir is a bi-monthly publication that reflects the plein air painting and collecting movement, with articles on painters, the painting process, and events in the plein air world. It can be found on newsstands or at www.pleinairmagazine.com. The magazine also produces the weekly PleinAir Podcast, which can be found on iTunes.