Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006, Scottish painter Leo du Feu has worked full-time from his childhood hometown of Linlithgow. Landscape and nature are his chief inspirations and birdlife is increasing playing a role in his work.
Leo likes to sketch and paint out of doors, from life. He makes trips around Scotland to explore new areas and to paint what he finds. For several years these artistic explorations have been supported by train operator ScotRail, without whom Leo's continued trips would be impossible.
Leo's work is exhibited in galleries around Scotland and the UK and has been recognised with various prizes and commissions. In 2009 Leo sketched for two weeks in Orkney thanks to an award from the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and in 2010 he spent six weeks travelling 3,000 miles across Canada as recipient of a Royal Over-Seas League Art's Commonwealth Travel Scholarship. The results of this trip are published in a book, Sketches from Canada. Leo's second book, Landscapes & Birds of Scotland, will be launched in October 2013 alongside a solo exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts' Kelly Gallery in central Glasgow.
Leo offers art tuition for both private and local authority art groups and has also given talks about his work to various non-art groups.
Leo's explorations of Scotland are documented on his blog www.landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.co.uk