|The Paintings of Leonard Baker|
Leonard Baker was a student of mine for a couple years during the mid 1980s. It is actually more accurate to say that he painted in the studios where I was teaching than to say that he was "my student."
Baker used whatever paints and surfaces he could find or borrow. He preferred oil paint. His surfaces were usually cardboard or tagboard.
Once he began a painting he did not stop until he had finished or the studio was closing for the day. He often painted with his fingers so that by the end of a painting session his hands and all his tubes of paint were covered with a dark brownish black layer of oil paint.
What struck me at the time was his personal sense of color and the tightly constructed compositions often made with very simple geometric shapes.