Since the beginning of his professional career in 1988, J. C. Leacock’s creative focus has shifted numerous times, from large format landscapes, to cowboys, to outdoor sports and lifestyles. However, the dominant theme that runs throughout is The American West. For that is where J.C.’s heart and passion lies, in the big skies, prairies, mountains and people of the West. His scenic images capture the magical light, grandeur and intimacy of the American landscape, while his photographic portrayal of outdoor western lifestyles is both authentic and spirited.
Leacock is widely published nationally, and his images appear in such publications as Backpacker, SKI, Sunset, Outside, Men’s Journal, Cowboys & Indians, and American Cowboy. His work has been published in numerous calendars including Sierra Club, Audubon, Western Horseman and BrownTrout. J.C. has published three exquisitely beautiful books on Colorado: Colorado Closeup (Fulcrum Publishing, 1997) and Our Colorado (Voyageur Press, 2004), and Greetings from Colorado (Voyageur Press, 2011). A fourth book, entitled South Dakota Simply Beautiful (Far Country Press, 2004), showcases J.C.’s diverse portfolio. His latest book, Greetings from Colorado looks at the state from an historic perspective. Closer to home, J.C.’s photographs frequently appear in Crested Butte Magazine and the Colorado State Vacation Guide. He also has a thriving gallery in the heart of downtown Crested Butte which showcases his large format prints and canvases. J.C. and his wife Kriste make their home just outside the impossibly charming and scenic ski resort town of Crested Butte, Colorado.