Leonard Edmondson, painter, printmaker, educator, and author, was born in Sacramento, California on June 21, 1916. He studied at Los Angeles City College, and in 1937, entered the University of California at Berkeley, receiving his B.A. in 1940 and his M.A. in 1942. Between 1942 and 1946, Edmondson served in the U.S. Army in Military Intelligence. During these years, he traveled through Europe where he saw a body of work by Paul Klee. Returning to California in 1947, he accepted the first teaching position of his distinguished career at the Pasadena City College. Edmondson also taught at the Otis Art Institute, University of California at Berkeley (summers of 1960 and 1964), Pratt Institute in 1961, and in 1964, he was appointed chairman of the printmaking department at California State University in Los Angeles and he remained there until his retirement in 1986.