CCAL, in conjunction with the BB&T, is proud to announce this month's artist on display in the "BB&T Bank on Art Gallery". The gallery is located in the lobby of the Chapin BB&T Branch and hosts the artwork of one of Crooked Creek Art League's fine artists. This month, the display in the gallery showcases artwork by Al Leitch. Al's piece "Fleets In" is a pastel media painting.
Al Leitch – PhD
Having always been interested in art I was fortunate enough to have been selected to participate in art programs for high school students at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Mellon University.
However, with engineering and business degrees, I pursued an academic career in accounting at several major universities, with the last 23 years at the University of South Carolina. During my career I taught many students, published over 60 articles in leading journals, coauthored three books and held endowed professorships. Upon retirement from USC I was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus.
Inspired by the Hudson River School and their vision of the natural beauty around us, I decided to renew my love of art upon retirement by taking numerous workshops and becoming active in the Columbia art community. I studied under Michael Story, a well-known landscape artist, and Linda Sheppard, a nationally known pastel artist. I served as workshop coordinator, Vice President and President of the Crooked Creek Art League. I’m a member of the Village Artists Gallery at the Village of Sandhill.
My work has been exhibited in numerous local and state venues, where I have won several awards. Of particular note, I was part of a two-month art show at the Center for the Arts at USC Beaufort. Recently, I was juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society's 17th and 18th International Juried Exhibit in Atlanta, juried into the Southeastern Pastel Society’s Visual Arts Center Exhibition in Roswell, GA., and selected to show one of my painting at ArtFields. In June I was part of my Reunion’s art exhibit at Cornell University.
I love the beauty of nature and try to capture it in all my paintings. Many of my paintings and most of my prints may be obtained at the Village Artists next to Panera at the Village of Sandhill Mall.