Leigh Hewson-Bower has established a reputation as one of Australia’s finest interpreters of coastal landscapes. The subject of his works range from the rivers and waterfalls of The Kimberley to the South coast of Western Australia and the East Coast of New South Wales.
After four years of study at Caulfield Institute of Technology, he graduated in 1967 with a Diploma of Fine Art in Painting. While there, he was awarded the annual Student Prize three years running.
Several years of working in commercial photography followed, travelling to Europe and South East Asia. Exhibitions of photography and large abstract paintings at Consortium Galleries in Adelaide attracted favourable reviews.
In 1983 Leigh moved to Perth to help set up a production company for the construction and painting of theatre sets. The years that followed saw him painting backdrops for the Australian Ballet, full sets for the West Australian Ballet and Opera, Australian Opera, and in addition, pursuing a career as an artist, exhibiting at Perth Galleries.