About Patrick Leer

Patrick is primarily self-taught.  His work has developed over the past 20 years, starting with more representative work, and gradually becoming more and more abstract.  This was not a conscious decision, it just happened. 


I rarely start a painting with any preconceived notion of where it will end up.  I may have a specific color or shape in mind, but there’s very little forethought on what the final painting will look like.  Instead, I begin painting and let the emerging composition direct me.  I continue to work it until it develops into a balanced, dramatic, and (hopefully) aesthetically pleasing form.  At that point, I know it’s done.  If it never gets to that point (and many don’t), I re-prime the canvas and start over.

I hope you enjoy the work.


Patrick has shown his art in a number of venues including:

  • Kirkwood College Art Show, Cedar Rapids, IA – 2011

  • Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA – 2013 Group Show

  • Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA – 2014 Group Show

  • Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA – 2014 Group Show

  • Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA – 2015 Group Show

  • Denver Art Society, Denver, CO – 2016 Exhibitor

  • Deep Space, Parker, CO – 2017 Group Show

  • Art in the Park, Parker, CO – 2017 Exhibitor

  • Grace Gallery, CO – 2017 Exhibitor

  • Polk County Heritage Gallery, Des Moines, IA - 2018 Group Show

  • DSM Public Library Gallery, Des Moines, IA - 2019 Solo Show

  • Urbandale Public Library Gallery, Urbandale, IA - 2019 Solo Show

  • Ankeny Art Center, Ankeny, IA - 2019 Group Show

  • Limited Space IV, DSM Social Club, Des Moines, IA - 2019 Exhibitor