Leonard Brooks was born in England and came to Canada in 1912. He studied at the Ontario College of Art and taught at the Central Technical School in Toronto. He became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1939. During his Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve position (1944-1946) he was an official war artist painting the movements of an aircraft carrier in the waters of Scotland as well as activities of mine sweepers and motor torpedo boats in the English Channel off Normandy. After the war he was given a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to study art in Mexico and he taught for several years in San Miguel de Allenda. He is well known for his paintings of Ontario Landscape.