Raymond Leech is continuously looking for something new that excites him and offers him a challenge. For many years he was what could be described as a Landscape Painter, but gradually evolved to paint seascape and marine subjects, progressing into figurative work at the seaside. Raymond now explores the more evocative dance themes depicting movement, rhythm and romance.
Raymond mainly works in oils on canvas and board for smaller works, also in watercolour, pastel and charcoal. He paints from life using models and other references that he has gathered together over the years to build up quite a large stock of materials to dip into when he needs.
1949 Born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
1965-70 Studied Art and Design at Great Yarmouth College of Art
East Anglian Group of Marine Artists, Guild of Norwich Painters
Charles Pears Prize, Royal Society of Marine Artists, 1985
Finalist, Hunting Group Painting Award’
Finalist, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
Prize Winner Daily Mail Not the Turner Prize
Catto Gallery, London
Westcliffe Gallery, Sheringham, Norfolk
Kendalls Gallery, Isle of White
Dean Day Gallery, Houston, Texas
Mystic Maritime Gallery, Connecticut
Family portraits at the beach and marine landscapes comprise Raymond's most common subject matter. Hence, he works primarily from life (but may occasionally use photos as reference material). The time period for a smaller piece to be completed is usually 2-3 days, ranging up to a week for larger pieces.