2012 Western Regional Exhibition

2012 OPA Western Regional Exhibition in Denver, Colorado

Juror of Awards - Jeff Legg OPAM

Jeff Legg was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1959. His family's roots in the southwest Missouri region extend back to the early 1800's. Jeff spent much of his early childhood in Minnesota after his father moved there as an executive of a new company. Even as a young child his love for art seemed innate and Jeff felt that this was his path.

Jeff's parents moved back to Missouri to be closer to family in 1970. His mother and father supported his artistic desires and, by good fortune, while in 7th grade was introduced to well known regional watercolorist and college art professor, Darrell Dishman. This began a nearly four year mentorship under Mr. Dishman's tutelage. Every week Jeff studied drawing and painting in Dishman's private studio, which proved to be an invaluable experience for the budding artist, and his artistic growth accelerated.

Following High School he attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Not finding the classical instruction he desired, he applied and was accepted to Atelier Lack, a scholastic studio stressing the methods of 15th to 19th century European Ateliers. Although a brief experience, his time at Atelier Lack exposed him to methodology and high-level craftsmanship that served throughout the rest of his career.

After leaving college, Jeff married and started a family back in Missouri. The next ten years were devoted to supporting and raising three children. This left little time for pursuing art as a career. Following his father's entrepreneurial spirit, Jeff started his own business in retail in 1980, which grew over the following decade to be a very successful enterprise.

In 1990, Jeff decided it was time to finally get back to his love for art an dsold the family business to pursue full-time painting. Having not practice painting or drawing for over ten years, Jeff struggled to find his way back as an artist. Through hard work and perseverance, Jeff began, in 1992, showing his work at the Talisman gallery in Bartlesvill, Oklahoma. Soon thereafter he expanded his market to American Legacy Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City connection launched his career when he sold out one of his first shows there.

Over the next several years, Jeff began entering shows and received many awards and best of shows on both regional and national levels. He was accepted as a member of the Oil Painters of America and quickly climbed to distinction to be an OPA Master Signature member. He has been a juror of awards with OPA and other shows on several occasions, and in 2012 was honored by receiving OPA's highest national award, a Gold Medal in the Master Signature division.

For over a dozen years Jeff has given back to the art community, serving as an instructor and holding workshops in the United States, Canada and France. Today, Legg's artwork is represented by some of the nation's most distinguished galleries. As a nationally recognized award-winning artist, his paintings have been featured in many publications including The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, North Light Books, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, American Art Collector as well as gracing the cover of Southwest Art Magazine.

He is an honorary member of the American Society of Traditional Artists and an out-of-state member of the California Art Club. He is also a Master Signature Member of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado. His work is a regular feature of annual shows such as the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK as well as the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK. Jeff was a demonstrator at the first Plein Air Convention hosted by the Plein Air Magazine in Las Vegas, NV in April of 2012.

Jeff now resides in the Colorado Rockies where he paints daily in his studio.

Visit Jeff's website at www.jefflegg.com