Les gets his inspiration from growing up and living in the West. His childhood was spent exploring the rim rocks surrounding Billings, MT and his teen years calling the North Entrance to Yellowstone Park his home. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70 and after returned to Gardiner, MT. While going to college he began his Federal career, working summers in Yellowstone, on Mt. Holmes as a fire lookout, and later as a wildland firefighter. In 1978 he received his B.F.A. from the University of Montana concentrating on drawing, printmaking and painting. He always had a dream that he would paint fulltime after he retired. In 2011 that dream came true. Les currently lives in Boise, Idaho.