"Goodly Heritage, Paperback Cover"   Lot no. 3015

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By Ron Lesser

11.75" x 30.50"
Oil on Board
Signed Lower Right



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Cover of "Goodly Heritage" written by Beverly McGlamry, Ballantine Books

Book Synopsis:

for their ships had no equal for grace and innovation. Little did rivals suspect the shocking secret--that these peerless vessels were designed by a woman!

Yet Eliza Barker-Markey 's sure hand was to sketch plans for the ship that would alter the course of merchant seafaring--and bring acclaim to the long-struggling family shipyard. With her husband, Jonathan, Eliza scaled the pinnacles of fortune--until the rude winds of tragedy suddenly dashed their dream. And their son, Geoffrey Markey--still so young and vulnerable--was left all alone to rescue their vision... and his heritage.

Here is the story of three generations whose courage conquered a thunderous century, when a brazen colonial rebellion stunned the world and a proud little country struggled into being. Here is the saga of a family, poised on the riotous brink of history--facing enmity, ruin, war, and death--yet carving their place through the fateful decades with a spirit of faith and triumph.

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While growing up, Ron Lesser was recognized for his artistic potential. He was admitted into New York's High School of Music and Art and later the Pratt Institute of Art and the Art Students League, studying under the influential teacher, Frank J. Reilly.

Drawing on his extensive fine art background, and inspired by the great classical painters such as N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Tom Lovell and others, Ron focuses on historical paintings of high visual impact and strong characterizations. He creates paintings inspired by his fascination of the culture and environment of his subject matter. These paintings bring back the important and often exciting moments that existed in the 19th century. While giving attention to detail, a devotion to strong and dramatic compositions coupled with a unique creative vision sets a Ron Lesser painting apart. This overall impact transports the viewer to another time and place. "I'm trying to tell a story. I like people to look at one of my paintings and feel like they could step into the scene."

Lesser created Western movie art for "High Plains Drifter," "Paint Your Wagon," "The Way West," and the story boards for the dream sequence in "A Man Called Horse." He has painted the covers of Western book authors such as Louis L'Amour, Luke Short, Will Cook, Gordon Shirreffs and others. Ron's "Spirit of the Warrior" and "Famous Generals of the Civil War" plate collection are his singular vision of Native American life and the majesty of the Civil War generals.

The highly respected New York Art Directors Club, in existence since 1921, has twice honored Lesser for Best Movie Art of the Year. The Society of Illustrators, founded in 1901 with members whose works of art have been exhibited and collected worldwide, has bestowed, many times, the coveted Gold Medal for his paintings exhibited at the Society over the years.