Meet our 2023 Awarding Judge – Chris Leeper!

Christopher Leeper is a realist painter and workshop instructor painting in all mediums. His award-winning work has been shown in solo and juried exhibitions throughout the country.

He has illustrated four children’s books and has written and illustrated the book Realism in Watermedia, (North Light). His work has also been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Ohio Magazine and in the book Splash 14 (North Light). In 2021, he was a finalist in the Plein Air Magazine Salon and was featured in the Aug./Sept. 2021 issue of the magazine.

He participates frequently in national juried and invitational plein air events such as Easton, Door County, Cape Ann and En Plein Air Texas. He is a consistent award winner. In 2022, his awards included Best of Show Quickdraw, Ohio Plein Air Society Competition; Best of Show Quickdraw, Paint Grand Traverse; Best Use of Light, Wayne Plein Air Festival; 3rd Place Artists on Location, Knoxville, TN.

He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1988 with a BFA degree in graphic design. He is past president of the Ohio Watercolor Society and is a signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society.  Since 2000, he has painted and taught full-time from his studio in Canfield, Ohio.

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