About Me

Here I was, nine years old with my Zebco 202 fishing pole in hand, the line stretchered across the Duck River, precariously wrapped over a Sycamore limb with the bait just reaching into the water. Then, all of a sudden, bang. A large fish hits the bait. My Dad yelled out “set the hook, son”! As I pulled back with all my nine year old might, the line snapped at the sycamore limb. The fish pulled down on the limb as the line unwrapped and fell into the waters of the Duck. This is a treasured memory of the waters where I learned to fish, swim, and paddle.
A few years ago, Leo wanted a decor map of that treasured  river.  After some research Leo found that nice decor maps of these waterways didn’t exist. There were navigation, road, and topography maps, but not a really nice, vintage style lake, river or bay map that would look great hanging in a home or office.

Luckily, Leo has a good dose of artistic talent and creativity. In fact, Leo has won many awards based on his drawing ability in elementary school, and high school, which led him to pursue engineering. Leo has received a BS and MBA and worked many years in engineering. Larry has always been fascinated by maps. A little unknown fact, while in college, Leo actually completed a visitor’s map used by a local botanical garden and museum.

Naturally, Leo decided to paint a map of that beloved river by relying on his own artistic ability. Leo experimented with different colors and styles to finally settle on a vintage style that gave the painting a golden look. He added a few symbols such as the ruby meridian, wildlife and vintage plane, with each having a story. Once completed, Leo found that others liked them so much that they asked for copies. This gave Leo the idea to paint additional rivers, lakes and bays for others to treasure their favorite waters. After a year and a half of experimenting, in order to produce the best vintage style maps, Leo Lakes Décor Maps was born. Currently, more than 200 waterways from 36 states have been completed using USGS maps as guides. 

Here's a photo of my messy studio.

My mission is to have customers feel like this!
“One word... STUNNING! I am SO incredibly pleased. These gifts are for two very close friends that bought houses on Table Rock Lake this past year. I am so excited to give these to them. I am sure they will be pleased and they will be proudly displayed. Thankyou so much!"

Check-out my vintage style maps of lakes, rivers, and bays. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com

Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, or at least enjoy one on the wall.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Leo- I got a "kick" out of your fishing jokes & am wondering what your "angel policy" is ? This policy in the 'cardmaking world' is about getting permission to use a few of your joke cartoons to make cards for my husband's fishing buddies. Please send me a reply as to your permission to use your jokes to make a few cards. thanks. Sandy Kortan, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 email: sakortan@gmail.com