Leon D. Wescoat, III was born into a tugboat and marine construction family during very simple times in Atlantic City. His family lived and worked on the water so it was without question that he would be in touch with a nautical perspective.
Leon has been painting for a little more than thirty years and with no formal training has been able to improve and hone his skills. He paints from both memory and photographs he takes on adventures and everyday life. He has recently started painting Plein Air, to improve technique and push his craft further.
Leon lives with his family in Absecon and although A.C. Wescoat, a marine construction company has been dissolved, he continues to work in heavy marine construction. Leon’s evenings are spent in his at home studio relaxing with his canvas and brushes.
As a member of many local organizations, Leon is able to continue to spread his love, knowledge and respect of Mother Nature in all of her glorious forms. His paintings have been seen at Great Bay Art Gallery in Somers Point; Atlantic City Arts Center, Ocean City Fine Arts League, Gallery 50 in Bridgton, NJ, Ocean Life Center and the Arts Garage in Atlantic City; Galloway Cultural Arts Center and the Noyes Museum of Art in Galloway; Nashville North Studios in Linwood; Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, Pa and Coos Bay Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, Ocean City Art Center, Camden Fireworks in Camden, NJ as well as many private collections throughout the country. In 2001, Leon was juried as an official artist of the United States Coast Guard.
Permanent collections include Tennessee State Parks, Atlantic Care Medical Center, Egg Harbor Township Government, Campbell Soups and Zona Real Estate.
His membership with Absecon Cultural Arts Alliance, Galloway Cultural Arts Alliance, Ocean City Fine Arts Center and The Society of New Jersey Artists help create camaraderie with fellow artists while supporting the arts in our area.
While on vacation at Glacier National Park, Montana, I found myself so inspired by the natural beauty surrounding me, I began painting. I started with a beginners set of oils and some canvas panels that we still have.
My family encouraged me to continue a craft in which I had no formal training outside of high school art class. Books and videos on public television taught me how to improve my skills. Inspiration came easy as I worked on the water for extended periods of time. Memories were made with my Father and Grandfather as tugboat captains on the East Coast. Continuing water work in heavy construction allowed me to paint realistic colors, movements and always a level horizon line!
The great outdoors, in all environments, continues to give me inspiration to bring life experiences to canvas. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, being on the beach or boating, I find much to appreciate and be thankful for. My hope is to continue to gather more experiences, more memories, more traveling and yes of course, more paintings!!!!