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Ron Lesser

While growing up, Ron Lesser was recognized for his extraordinary artistic potential. He was admitted into New York's High School of Music and Art and later, the prestigious Pratt Institute of Art. He completed his education at the famous Art Students League, studying under the influential teacher, Frank J. Reilly.

Drawing on his extensive fine art background, and inspired by the great classical painters such as N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Tom Lovell and others, Ron focuses on historical paintings of high visual impact and strong characterizations. He creates paintings inspired by his fascination of the culture and environment of his subject matter. These paintings bring back the important and often exciting moments that existed in the 19th century. While giving attention to detail, a devotion to strong and dramatic compositions coupled with a unique creative vision sets a Ron Lesser painting apart. This overall impact transports the viewer to another time and place. "I'm trying to tell a story. I like people to look at one of my paintings and feel like they could step into the scene."

As a successful and versatile artist, Lesser created Western movie art for "High Plains Drifter," "Paint Your Wagon," "The Way West," and the storyboards for the dream sequence in "A Man Called Horse." He has painted the covers of Western book authors such as Louis L'Amour, Luke Short, Will Cook, Gordon Shirreffs and others. Ron's Spirit of the Warrior and Famous Generals of the Civil War plate collection are his singular vision of Native American life and the majesty of the Civil War generals.

The highly respected New York Art Directors Club, in existence since 1921, has twice honored Lesser for Best Movie Art of the Year. The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901 with members whose works of art have been exhibited and collected worldwide, has bestowed, many times, the coveted Gold Medal for his paintings exhibited at the Society over the years.

Ron's work currently appears in the Kemper Gallery in Colorado and the B & R Gallery in Canyon County, California. His art has been collected nationally and internationally.