Still Life Painter
Though born in New York City, Ron Lesser has been drawn to the West. In the 70's and 80's he made several hundred western paperback covers and movie posters. Lesser made the posters for five Clint Eastwood western films, including the iconic poster for “High Plains Drifter” and “Joe Kidd”. Also the iconic poster for Sam Peckinpah's “Pat Garrett and Billy The Kidd”.
During the 90's Lesser was represented by galleries in Scottsdale Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California. As a student Lesser attended the Art Students League under Frank J. Reilly. Reilly brought the tradition and techniques of the French Fine Arts Academy along with knowledge from some of the greatest American illustrators of the 20th century.
Now Ron Lesser is introducing his new series of paintings. These are western still life paintings. Lesser's approach is creating not just another still life painting. Soft lighting and strong areas of light and shadow patterns and realistic detail that tell a story.
Storytelling from his background as a prominent illustrator for 25 years comes natural to him. Lesser has an extensive collection of western and Civil War material and artifacts, as well Native American weapons and clothing.