Old Man Winter (self portrait) graphite and acrylic on panel, 2015
Leon A. Comstock Jr., b. Springfield, MA 1951, has drawn and painted for as long as he can remember. As a toddler he was encouraged to finger paint directly on the family kitchen table by his mother, who would then wash the paint off before meals. Since 1970 his love of art has been in constant competition with his love of motorcycling and guitar playing.
In the 1970's and 1980's Comstock won multiple awards in juried art exhibits. His tribute to Norman Rockwell, an oil on canvas titled "Thank You Mr. Rockwell," was exhibited at the original Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in 1983 and 1984.
In 2009, after a 29 year career as a pre-press graphic artist for a large decorative engraving company, Comstock returned to painting and actively exhibiting his work.
Previously known for his earlier trompe l'oeil paintings in oil; Leon's return to fine art has been rewarded with juried competition awards for his equally accomplished acrylic paintings.
Working with renewed enthusiasm out of his home studio in Springfield, Massachusetts, Comstock is once again producing landscapes, seascapes, still life, and fantasy pieces in his signature style of exacting yet deeply personal realism.
2017 Academic Artis Association 67th Annual Exhibition of Traditional Realism, Grumbacher Acrylic Award
2017 Monson Arts Council Spring Show, Second Place, Graphics
2014 People's Choice Award and two Honorable Mentions
Monson Arts Council 21st Annual Spring Exhibition
2011 President's Choice Award and Honorable Mention
Monson Arts Council 18th Annual Spring Exhibition
1987 Ken Davies Award, Longmeadow Shops Annual Art Exhibit
1983 Honorable Mention, Academic Artists Association 33rd National Exhibition
1983 Honorable Mention, Longmeadow Shops Annual Art Exhibit
1982 First Place, Oils, Longmeadow Shops Annual art Exhibit
1981 First Place, Oils, Longmeadow Shops Annual Art Exhibit
1980 Academic Artists Association Award, Academic Artists Association 31st National Exhibition
1979 Harriet Lumis Memorial Award, Academic Artists Association 30th National Exhibition
1978 First Place, Oils, Longmeadow Shops Annual Art Exhibit
1977 First Place, Oils, Longmeadow Shops Annual Art Exhibit