Les gets his inspiration from growing up and living in the West. His childhood was spent exploring the rim rocks surrounding Billings, Montana and his teen years calling the “North Entrance to Yellowstone”, Gardiner, MT his home. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70 and soon after returned to Gardiner. While going to college he began his Federal career, working summers in Yellowstone Park, on Mt. Holmes as a fire lookout, and later as a wildland firefighter. In 1978 he received his B.F.A. concentrating on drawing, painting and printmaking from the University of Montana. He always had a dream that he would paint fulltime after he retired. In 2011 that dream came true. Les currently lives in Boise, Idaho. Today, most of his time is consumed painting plein air, or in the studio painting larger landscapes, fish, and wildlife.
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