Born and raised in Chaska, Minnesota, Leo holds a degree in forestry. An active member of the community, he contributes a portion of his royalties to national and local causes. As a conservationist and outdoorsman, Leo researches the natural habitat of his subjects, photographing wildlife, habitat and landscapes. His research results in incredible technical detail of his wildlife art. Painting professionally now for over a decade, he has become one of the nationÕs most celebrated and collected wildlife artists.