Bill Leech was born in Oskaloosa, Kansas in 1951 and received a BFA from Kansa City Art Institute. In 1987 Leech moved east, establishing his studio and residence in Roosevelt, NJ, a town known since the late 1930's for its dynamic art community. Among other accolades, Leech received a scholarship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Fellowship from The New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has exhibited at such venues as Stephen Harris Gallery, NYC; Alan Stone Gallery, NYC; Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC; the New Jersey State Museum; William Patterson University’s Ben Shahn Galleries; The Chubb Atrium Gallery, NJ; the Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ; the Nabisco Gallery, NJ and Barbara Gillman Gallery, Miami, FL. His work is included in many private collections, including those of Nicholas Lehman, Judith Shuleveitz, Grahm Gund, Jack Nicholson, Joel Becker, Kitty Hawks, Yossi Friedman, Fred and Marlene Levinson, Steven Harris and Lucien Reese Roberts, among many others.