Leonard Brett was born in Vancouver, B.C in 1944. He studied Fine Arts at the Vancouver School of Art, graduating with Honours in 1966. Subsequently, he painted in Paris, France in 1980-81, did post-graduate studies in Lithography at Emily Carr in 1984 and received his M.F.A in Visual Arts from Concordia University in 1991. Leonard taught a wide range of subjects in the same institutions, as well as at Douglas College. One of his most enjoyable teaching assignments was watercolour workshops in the British Columbia public school system.
He was a founding member, president and designer of the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island, Vancouver. Over the years he as worked in almost every painting, photoshop and printmaking technique there is. This experimental nature is always present in his work but he also has command of difficult classical techniques such as metal engraving for prints. He worked in the film industry as a scenic artist from 1992 to 2012 and learned many faux techniques as well as how to paint with speed. His wide range of materials, techniques, and images has resulted in many shows in Canada and abroad.