october 4th - october 24th

Photo credit Joan Garcia

Photo credit Joan Garcia

The late Leesburg artist Jack Lancto was born and raised near Lake Placid NY, receiving his art training at the SUNY campus of New Paltz New York.  It was here where he began to refine his oil techniques and where his love of watercolour was nurtured. In tandem with this, Jack was drawn to the mountains of his boyhood and in later in life to the Blue Ridge of Virginia. He had been known to drive off the road in these settings having been mesmerized by the skies and the mountains.

Jack continued to paint and draw throughout his lifetime. Seldom was he seen without a piece of paper and pen. The tiniest of scraps was an opportunity to record observations, all the while fine tuning his skills. Drawing represented his vision and painting his breath. If he couldn’t create he was stifled.

The result of all this imagination and energy came to its peak at his Leesburg home on King Street. Here he would lose himself in paint tubes, canvas and brushes. More than once dipping a watercolor brush into his coffee cup, which was never far away.

His first art show was in Purcellville, Va. and immediately became a fundraiser for a small child. This allowed an opportunity for his work to be seen. Since that time he had frequent shows in the Town of Leesburg and was the main artist at a small Leesburg gallery. His work continues to be sought out more than six years after his death. 

His work may be found in such diverse places as the Corporate Boardroom of Sysco Foods in Front Royal Va., the Loudoun County Court Complex and even in the home of a French Diplomat. In addition to which it may be seen in a variety of local professional offices and private homes. Publications include Elan Magazine in Fairfax County.

“The sky is God’s greatest example of abstract art” is a quote that embodies both his love of art and of nature. Lancto was mesmerized by the motion, the play of light against color and continual shifting of these elements in relation to one another.