Leo was born in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Her studies in fine art at Newcastle University were followed by two years painting and teaching in Sicily. Returning to the UK she became senior lecturer in painting at Falmouth School of Art, and a member of the NSA, and a member of NAG's Council for a short time.  Latterly she gave up teaching to paint full time, and established a summer school in painting and the arts in Italy with her colleague and partner, David WESTBY.

Together they have renovated an amazing set of ruins and constructed a residential centre for the fine arts in Italy (Il Collegio, Puglia)  which welcomes working visits from international artists. The story of their hard work and creative determination has featured in the BBC series, Grand Designs. Her passionate interest in the Romanesque and early Renaissance painting has contributed to the visual treat that their Italian home presents.


Painter, designer, stone mason & mosaic creator

works and access

Works incl:  Santa Lucia Bearing Gifts (Gesso & iron oxide on muslin) col pl, p71 Falmouth AG


Chicago International Art Expo 1987, 1989

Cleveland International Drawing Biennale 1988

A Century of Art in Cornwall 1889-1989, Truro 1989, Centenary CCC

South West Open 1990

Victoria Gallery, Bath 1992

Artists from Cornwall, Bristol, RWA 1992

Mixed and solo shows with NSA

'20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth AG' 2000


NAG Council of Management Chairman 1991-2

NSA 1995 list; 2009 list



Exh Cat: 20 Years of Contemporary Art at Falmouth Art Gallery 1980-2000

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary

Il Collegio, Puglia (see website for Leonie Whitton & David Westby)