Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1979, Leigh lived in the North East until 1996, when his family relocated to the beautiful town of Warwick.
Leigh began to draw and paint from a very early age, in fact as soon as he could hold a pencil or paintbrush. As he progressed through his school years his attention to detail became very apparent and is subsequently one of the characteristics that makes his work so distinctive. You could say that Leigh is a self-taught artist and has always had an amazing talent for drawing and painting as he left school with no formal art qualification. However, for a short time he studied art at Tynemouth College of Arts and Technology, and later for a brief period at Mid Warwickshire College in Leamington Spa.
His inspiration for his early paintings came from his childhood interests, including landscapes, and in later years from his ‘canny knack’ to capture a view, usually with a very interesting building being the focal point.