Eugene "Bud" Leake pronounced "Leaky" (31 August 1911 – 21 January 2005) was a landscape painter and president of the Maryland Institute College of Art. His conduct yourself was characterized by a consistent commitment to the depiction of the landscape, not subsequent to ever-changing trends of contemporary art in the 20th century. In an October 2000 Baltimore Sun article Glenn McNatt wrote that, "For the subsequently quarter century, Leake has been recording that landscape in everything its moods and seasons, from riotous sun-drenched spring mornings to the magical warmth of autumnal sunsets. His paintings are imbued subsequently an unmistakable desirability of place that on your own one who has lived in and loved the surrounding landscape can create."
"Leake belongs to the long tradition of American artists who have had often-rapturous adore affairs with nature. His play are heirs to the energy of the oil sketches of English master John Constable (1776-1837) and the yet to be works of French landscape player Camille Corot (1796-1875), both of whom insisted that painting must be based on observable facts and reflect the solution of the moment."
In a 1993 ARTnews article Tom Weisser wrote: "Leake's good strength is his achievement to take over the essence of things afterward economy and easy grace. Light, space, and climate materialize in his pictures from what seems to be an absolute minimum of brushwork. His paint has a soft, buttery quality. Yet the viewer can almost feel the flat, hard frosty of Leake's gray winter mornings, the snap of his autumn afternoons, and the electricity in his stock summer skies."