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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