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Oklahoma City. The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa also carried one of his pieces while he was early in his career. Leddy married Mariene and was drafted during the Vietnam


War. He spent his time at Fort Polk, La., where he helped the war effort by illustrating for training purposes. After his time in the Army, he returned to Oklahoma and received his teach- ing certificate at Southwestern State College. Leddy, along with his wife, taught in Chickasha—he at the high school and she at the elementary school. “I never intended to become a teacher,” Leddy says. “I came


to it as a way to make a living, but I enjoyed it and found teaching to be very rewarding.” During that time he was inspired by fellow artist, Clark


Bailey, to continue his education by going on to earn his Master of Fine Arts in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the Instituto Allende. Taking some time off from teaching, both Leddy and Mariene spent three summers in Mexico. He stud- ied painting with a minor in sculpture while his wife studied drawing and weaving. Leddy’s paintings are inspired by the land and the surround- ing terrain. His inspirations and influences include the works of Augusta Metcalf and Peter Hurd; the works of Bailey and Walter Weber also influence his sculptures. He strives to cap- ture the movement of animals and wildlife through steel. “I enjoy sculpting a variety of animals, but my favorites are horses, birds, and roadrunners,” he says. Though he has received many accolades for his artwork, Leddy states, “My favorite is the one I won from the National Sculpture Society in New York in 1970 for a metal sculpture I did.” Notable people have enjoyed Leddy’s paintings and sculp- tures. His artwork is part of Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s art collection in Austin, Texas. Former Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon saw Leddy’s work at an art gallery, no longer in business, on Classen Art Circle in Oklahoma City. As he has gotten older, Leddy says he finds it more and


more difficult to part with his pieces because he spends so much time with them. “I usually have about three or four pieces going at the same time, but a big piece takes me about four to five months to complete while a small piece takes around two months,” he says. When he’s not working on his art, Leddy raises cattle with his son Ryan. To learn more about Leddy and his artwork, contact him at gleddy@dobsonteleco.com or visit his website at www.west- ernartist-gleddy.com.


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The average small piece takes Leddy about two months to complete.


Photo courtesy of Gary Leddy


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