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ABOUT ROBERT DELEON:
Self-taught Texas artist Robert is well-known for his panoramic American Western scenes. Robert truly enjoys making these settings as authentic as possible. "I hear people say you get the sense you can walk right into a painting," he notes. In 1994, Robert was inducted into the prestigious Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, Arizona. Today Deleon calls Santa Fe home.
A native of Dallas, Robert De Leon's interest in art began in grade school. Combining that with a love of history gives him the basis for his peaceful settings of different Native American tribes and his panoramic western landscapes.
It wasn't until 1982, however, while an Art Director for a Dallas company designing commercial interiors that he decided to devote himself fully to his art. Gallery commitments eventually took the place of once a month art shows, and he says he misses meeting the person who buys his works.
ROBERT DELEON’S WORK:
His paintings start with hours of research, followed by quick thumbnail sketches that evolve into a final sketch that is transferred to the canvas. Attending artist photo shoots once a year strengthens his composing.
From miniatures to murals, De Leon believes tin putting his best effort into whatever he paints. Authenticity is the key. "I hear people say that you get the sense you can walk right into the painting," he notes.
Today, De Leon calls Santa Fe home and has his studio there. As his paintings grow from sketch to canvas, they take on a character of their own. "Then," he says, "you can enjoy working with it."
His work may be found in galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, Aspen, and Dallas. Additionally, this past fall, the Creative Arts Center's gallery in Bonham was proud to present "The Great American West - Two Artists, One Story", a two-man show featuring Robert De Leon's panoramic landscapes and fine portraiture, along-side the richly detailed fine-art bronzes of C.B. "Buck" Mahaney.
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