Karl Eric Leitzel
Karl Eric Leitzel is a central Pennsylvania native who has been painting for over thirty years. After concentrating on the genre of realistic wildlife art during the 1990s, he now paints a broader range of subject matter in styles ranging from realistic through impressionistic. He particularly enjoys painting the landscape, often working en plein air (in the open air). "Much of my work is landscape-oriented because I never cease to be amazed by the beauty of the creation around us. I take deep satisfaction in being able to capture even a little of that in each piece I paint.” Karl is a Resident Artist and the Managing Partner at the Green Drake Gallery.
He has had work included in the prestigious Birds in Art show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin and in 2010 completed a large commissioned painting for Penn State that now hangs in the lobby of the beautiful Nittany Lion Inn. He is the founder and director of Landscape Artists International, an online collective that has grown to more than 200 members. Karl is also a signature member of International Plein Air Painters as well as the more local Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania. Karl and his wife, Linda, live in a house they designed and helped build in the woods of Centre County. Much of his subject matter can be found very close to home. Always involved in creative outlets, Karl is also a singer/songwriter, playing the guitar, saxophone, and harmonica. More about Karl and his work can be found at Karl's website.