About this Piece
Plain-spoken, direct, earthy, reflective, humble, and proud, LeRoy Neiman led an enchanted life, if one with many ups and downs. His memoir tells all, within the bounds of good taste. Neiman recounts his artistic, professional, and romantic influences, the admiration he held for the men and women he immortalized on canvas and in sketches, and the endearing foibles of those he knew. “I’m a storyteller,” Neiman wrote, “only I tell my stories in a riot of color. Painters have always told stories – martyrdoms, murders, battles, saints, and sinners – and that’s still what I do.