" My work is concerned with the rendering of the landscape with oils on canvas. My favorite theme is the first strong light of dawn and the last strong rays of sunset that rake across the landscape. Many of the paintings draw on the sky, ocean, beach and grasses - horizontal and vertical movement reflecting light and shadow. These vistas are not peopled; there is no indication of the human touch with the exception of dirt roads in some of the work."
Leach, a native Louisianan, has been a master colorist and painter for over forty years. Early in his career he exhibited widely in Louisiana and Texas. Over the past two decades he has expanded his reach. He was a tenured professor for the LSU system in the 1980’s and Lamar University in the early 1990’s. He has had numerous solo museum and gallery exhibitions. His work has been exhibited throughout the country and has been collected widely by private, public and corporate collectors. He is perhaps best known for his heroic luminous landscapes, four canvases up to 22’ long were commissioned by the Fish and Wildlife Commission and are displayed permanently in their offices on the
"I appropriate some of the qualities of nineteenth century impressionist and romantic realist painting. Corot's method of working from memory or from brief sketches is a process that i utilize. The work is all done in the studio. The act of painting is as important as the play of light in the sky, mountains and sea and in the form of color of trees and grasses ... The relationships of marks of color in relationship to other marks. George inness was influenced by corot with his overall tonalism and i seek that as well as his play of light. I certainly differ from both painters in that i would never include buildings, cattle, people, etc. In my work. My painting is developed with a lamination of oil glazes through addition and subtraction. I work with color to achieve a dynamic between positive and negative space. This push/pull is created by overlaying warm over cool color and vice versa so the space always pops or has a "visual bounce". This process of working which includes blurring color edges, scraping, reapplication of color with warm/cool colors to achieve a desired surface is similar to the working process of Cezanne, not Corot or Inness."