Just 13 days after his 100th birthday, Leonard Brooks, a Second World War Canadian artist passed away. Trained as a commercial artist, Brooks joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1943 and was appointed an official war artist the following year. He painted scenes of the Royal Canadian Navy on Canada’s east coast, shipboard life on minesweepers, frigates and aircraft carriers and various war scenes in England and France. A total of 113 pieces of his work, “all my children” in his words, are held by the Canadian War Museum.
Brandon, Laura "Leonard Brooks—War Artist (1911–2011)." Canadian Military History 20, 4 (2011)