Born in County Dublin, Patrick Leonard was a realist genre painter taught by Sean Keating and Maurice MacGonigal at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, where he later became a tutor himself. During his early years Leonard was a prolific and compulsive recorder of life, quickly sketching scenes of the everyday wherever he went. He later used these drawings for the basis of oil paintings which he created in his studio. The present painting superbly captures the tumultous seas off the Dublin coast with bold brushwork and colour, which on this scale, encapsulates the viewer.
In 1952 Leonard was chosen to represent Ireland in the arts and culture section of the Helsinki Olympic Games. During his lifetime he received acclaim from Dublin galleries: he had a solo show at the Oriel Gallery and the Gorry Gallery held a major retrospective of his paintings.