Leon was born in Southern California. Early in his youth, he found himself especially interested nature and read all he could about naturalist like John Muir who captured young Leon’s imagination.
In his early adolescent he came across a small box containing his father’s painting supplies and a few of his paintings that had been stored away after his father passed away. Though Leon’s father died when he was too young to remember, Leon felt a connection with this humble box of paints that he knew his father once used. Ultimately, this was a life changing event for him: Leon decided he wanted to paint, too.
Leon Roulette, as a child, always had a love for the great outdoors and became interested in painting at a very early age. These two elements combined to give rise to the extraordinary and vibrant artist that he is today. His work is reminiscent of the romantic landscape painters of the 18th and 19th Century.
Leon attains mystic intimacy with the subjects of his paintings, whether it be a remote windswept mountain range in Alaska, the picturesque Spanish Missions of California, a panorama of the French or Italian Riviera, or the baroque and roccoco style architecture of Venice. Roulette’s translation of these vistas onto canvas gives the viewer a visual feast of the beauty and the wonder that is Nature.
Born December 11, 1959, and raised in Southern California, Leon began studying art as a child through private instruction and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in fine art at California State University of Long Beach. His studies included historical and classical fine art as well as the theory of architecture and design. Early in his career he spent a number of years as an art instructor in Southern California.