Leonard Abbott was born
in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up surrounded by a family of
accomplished artists. From the beginning of his own artistic
pursuits, Leonard considered himself a distinctly Southern
artist, drawing upon the self-taught, spontaneous spirit
of those around him. Following his graduation from high
school, Leonard set out across the United States seeking
inspiration from the myriad cultures and facets of the country.
Leonard was especially impressed by Yellowstone Forest and
the Painted Desert. He felt that the experience was importantly
humbling, as he observed the perfect artwork that effortlessly
takes place in nature every day.
Upon his return to Atlanta one year later, Leonard attended
the Atlanta College of Art, where he truly began to focus
solely on the medium of paint. Realizing that he would soon
require a deeper reservoir of professors, Leonard transferred
to the University of Georgia in Athens, where he had the
distinct opportunity of working with world-renowned painter,
Jim Herbert. Two years later, Leonard received his Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree. He is currently working toward his
Master of Fine Arts degree.