Kentucky Muse Features Murray Artist Dale Daniel Leys
The next edition of Kentucky Muse features visual artist Dale Daniel Leys. Leys was raised in Sheboygan, Wisc., close to shore of Lake Michigan. Nature has always been a place of wonder and inspiration for him. He started drawing as a toddler with the encouragement of his parents, and his talent for art and detail was obvious.
Later, as Leys collected specimens such as seagull skulls and fish bones from the shore of Lake Michigan on walks and hikes these objects began making their way into his drawings.
Leys was hired at Murray State University (MSU) in 1977, immediately after finishing graduate school. Being so close to the Land Between the Lakes, with miles of beautiful shoreline and many natural areas, made Leys feel right at home.
As a drawing teacher, Leys has inspired many students who have stayed in the art field as art teachers, gallery owners, and artists. He believes that keeping in touch with his students is important and many have remained lifelong friends.
Leys recently celebrated a 40-year retrospective of his work hosted at the Yieser Art Center, Maiden Art Cinema, and Ruth Baggett Gallery in Paducah. He has created many works and they are all very different from each other, but carry a very strong signature style and continuity. Looking at Dale’s work, some have said, is like meeting Dale Leys.
• Wednesday, April 16 at 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET2