Waverly Hall, GA
Len Jagoda’s career as an artist could have begun forty years earlier, but his scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art was superseded by a “scholarship” to the U.S. Army. The two-year draft requirement extended into a seven-year career that included two tours in Viet Nam and ending with the rank of captain. In college on the GI Bill and then spending thirty plus years in a suit did not prevent him from being involved in many aspects of the equine world including riding hunter jumpers, breeding, training, and racing. Eventually stress and heavy travel led to health concerns and with his wife’s encouragement he abandoned the business world to become what he always wanted to be, an artist.
He started his art career by limiting himself to sculpture and drawing to build a foundation to try to compensate for a lack of formal training. Once satisfied with this “foundation” he moved on to pastels and then oils. His familiarity with animals (especially horses and dogs) combined with his discipline was richly rewarded. Len is the recipient of 72 awards at the national, regional, and state levels including nine Best of .Show and sixteen First Place Awards.
His works have been accepted to many exhibitions including the International Exhibition on Animals in Art and four times to the Grand National Exhibition in New York. He holds Fellow member status with the American Artists Professional League (NY), America’s oldest professional artist organization, and Juried member status with the American Academy of Equine Art (KY).
His works can be found on display at prestigious stud farms in Lexington and in the homes of jockeys, trainers, and owners of racehorses in the US, England, and Ireland; and have appeared on the covers of the Chronical of the Horse twice and the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Commissions are gratefully accepted.