About the Artist

Karl Eric Leitzel portraitI was born in 1957, and have lived most of my life in central Pennsylvania. I've been painting since my teen years, concentrating at various times on rural landscapes, historic barns, and wildlife. Sign painting has also been a part-time profession for many years. After a ten year stint at Penn State as a graphic designer, I am now painting full time. My family lives in a house we designed at the foot of a mountain in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

After a period of intensely concentrating on painting wildlife during the early and mid 1990's, I needed to recharge my artistic energy and did very little painting until late 2005. I'm now back at the easel, with a renewed passion for creative work and a focus on capturing light and mood through the use of oils and, as appropriate, a looser style. When possible, I prefer to paint en plein air (in the open air).

2006 brought several new show and gallery opportunities, including two awards, a number of organization commissions, and the successful launching of Landscape Artists International.

In 2008, I became the first Artist in Residence at the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, which I now do every August. In 2010, we produced the first Grange Fair collector poster, available for purchase at the Fair Emporium. I'm continuing this Residency and a new poster each year.

In 2009, I was awarded a commission by Penn State to create a large painting, "Change of Classes". that now hangs in the main lobby of the prestigious Nittany Lion Inn.

I'm now the managing partner and a Resident Artist at the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim, Pennsylvania, where you can see much of my available work.

Karl Eric Lietzel painting
Painting at the Hameau Farm Artist Retreat
(Photo by Susan Nicholas Gephart)

Karl Eric Leitzel on tenor sax at the beach
Playing the sax to the waves at the beach.
(Photo by the artist...tripods are a handy thing.)




  • 1974  Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts
  • 1993, 1994  Southern Maryland Wildlife Festival
  • 1993-1998  People's Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts   Boalsburg. Helped create the first festival in 1993. My wife, Linda, actually came up with the name for the festival.
  • 1994  Birds in Art (juried), Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum   Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1995  Six paintings featured in Wildlife Painting Step by Step by Patrick Seslar, publ. by North Light Books
  • 1995-1996  (3) Stories and illustrations published in Pennsylvania Game News magazine
  • 1995 and 1996  Taught painting and photography to Elderhostel groups at Spruce Lake Retreat Center Canadensis, Pennsylvania
  • 2006  Taught basic landscape painting to Navajo teens and adults at Navajo BIC Mission's Vacation Bible School, New Mexico
  • 2006  Juried acceptance into Oil Painters of America as an associate artist member
  • 2006 The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Juried Show, Lemont, PA: Third in Show
  • 2006 International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) World Wide Paint Out, Niagara Falls, Ontario: Third in Quick Draw Contest
  • 2007  Juried into American Impressionist Society Annual National Show
  • 2007  Co-hosted first venue of World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists at Karpeles Museum, Newburgh, New York
  • 2008 The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Juried Show, Lemont, PA: Honorable Mention
  • 2008 "Bonded by Brotherhood" Full-page article in Centre Daily Times, State College, Pennsylvania   see article (500K jpeg)
  • 2008-2013 Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair - Artist in Residence
  • 2009 Commissioned to paint "Change of Classes" for the Pennsylvania State University
  • 2011 Opened the Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in Millheim, Pennsylvania
  • 2012 Commissioned to paint "Grange Fair Midway, Evening" and "Neff Round Barn, Autumn" for Northwest Savings Bank, Centre Hall, PA
  • 2013 Far and Near Horizons World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists, New Century Artists Gallery in Manhattan, NYC, New York and Green Drake Gallery in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Participant and co-host.


Corporate Collections –

  • Boyd Senior Planning    Lancaster, Pennsylvania (office views with art)
  • Penns Valley Dental Associates   Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
  • The Portolan Group   Sarasota, Florida
  • Johnson Brothers Accounting   Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
  • The Mill at Fine Creek   Powhatan, Virginia
  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. On display in the lobby of the Nittany Lion Inn.
  • Northwest Savings Bank - Two large landscape commissions on display at the Centre Hall, Pennsylvania branch.

Professional Organizations –

Conservation Organizations supported –

  • The Wildlands Conservancy    Emmaus, Pennsylvania   1995, 1996, 2006, 2007
  • Shaver's Creek Environmental Center     The Pennsylvania State University   1993
  • Lemont Village Association     Lemont, Pennsylvania   2006
  • Clearwater Conservancy   State College, Pennsylvania   2008

Clouds– an essay by the artist




Contact the artist at karlericleitzel@gmail.com

page last updated 8/25/13