ROME, N.Y.-- In the age of photography, realism is close to becoming a bygone painting style.
"Everyone's got a phone in their pocket," Danielle Bertrand, Corresponding Secretary of the Rome Art Association said. "You can take studio-quality pictures of anything you want."
For Rome artist Keith Leonard, a photograph doesn't do justice to the landscapes in the greater Utica region.
"I just admire the world, you know, I think the world is just full of beauty," Leonard said.
'Adventures in Realism' is Leonard's newest exhibit at the Rome Art & Community Center. The collection features several paintings of landscapes from Oneida, Madison and Otsego counties.
Leonard takes pictures of settings first, and then paints from the photograph to achieve life-like detail.
"I will occasionally show people the photo that I took the painting from, and they say they like the painting better," Leonard said.
Even when the subject is an old barn or a crumbling structure, those who view Leonard's work can see the character often not captured by a camera's lens.
"Like that is definitely beautiful, it's a flawed item, but painted perfectly," Benny Garden, another local artist said.