Les Herman’s inspiration comes from the landscapes of the West. Les spent his childhood exploring the rim rocks surrounding Billings, Montana and in his teen years he had the privilege of calling the “North Entrance to Yellowstone”, Gardiner, MT his home. Les has always been an artist…drawing and painting his way through childhood. He served in Vietnam in 1969-70 and returned to Yellowstone Park where he began his Federal career as a fire lookout on Mt. Holmes. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1978 while working summers in Yellowstone.
Les’ 33 year career with the federal government in aviation and wildland fire suppression has provided him with opportunities to travel to some of the most inspiring and beautiful places in this country and the world. Les never left home without his sketch pad and watercolor kit. He always had a dream that he would paint fulltime after he retired. In 2011 that dream came true.