William Leon Stacks

LeonStacksateaselWilliam Leon Stacks (1928-1991) was born in Charlotte, NC. In 1943 when he was 15 years old, he became the youngest member ever elected to the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA. After two years of study, Stacks was apprenticed to William Lester Stevens (1888-1969) for three years, then to Lloyd Wesley Broome to learn more about color, and then to William J. Potter (1883-1964) to learn the use of a palette knife.
He returned to North Carolina, earning a living as a landscape painter, art conservator and sculptor. In a newspaper interview in the early 1970s, he described his sculpture as ‘colorful abstractions made by gluing pieces of slate to masonite, then painting them”. Leon lived for many years in the Blowing Rock region of the Smoky Mountains where he became known as “The Tree Painter”. He was a friend of artist Philip Moose (1921- 2001) from Charlotte and Blowing Rock, with whom he sometimes exhibited. As an art restorer, he worked on a collection of paintings by Eliot Daingerfield. In the 1980s, he moved to Hilton Head Island, SC where he enjoyed studying and painting views of the low country and coastal regions. The latter part of his life he lived in Charlotte, NC.

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