Born in 1942 Leonard Hollands studied art initially at the Heston and Isleworth Evening Institute whilst also an architectural trainee, and then, on a one to one basis, under Bertram Armitage, son of Alfred Armitage, minor artist of the Newlyn School. Pursuing a career in architecture and surveying, and from 1971 when he was ordained, also in the Church, his painting had to be part time, although always a consuming passion, but in 2003 he began to paint full time. He is first and foremost a Wildlife Artist, his special interest, as a life-long ornithologist, being bird paintings in which he endeavours to create an "alive" image (some of these images have been used as cards for the RSPB of which he is a Life Fellow). He goes to great lengths to sketch birds in the field before embarking on paintings in the studio. Taking his inspiration from the marvels of Creation, however, he also paints abstracts and landscapes.
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