Leo Lloyd Sexton, Jr. was born in Hilo, and after graduation from Punahou School, entered the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1931. In 1933 he had a show of floral paintings at the Vose Galleries in Boston, followed by exhibitions at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and Gump’s in San Francisco. He spent several years in Europe, painting and traveling during the summers and studying at the Slade School in London during the winters. In his third and final year of instruction there, one of his paintings won first prize, and in 1936 a floral painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy, London. Sexton returned to Hilo in 1937 and concentrated on figure painting and portraiture. That same year his painting Nanea was accepted and exhibited at the Royal Academy. Sexton executed a large number of portraits, and beginning in 1934 before he left for Europe, did two commissions for the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. He was a frequent and popular exhibitor at shows in Honolulu. He also had one-man shows at Honolulu’s Grossman-Moody Gallery in 1957 and at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel Gallery in 1961. A retrospective of his work was held at the Contemporary Arts Center in 1966. He died in Honolulu in 1990. Although Sexton is generally known in Hawai'i as an interpreter of the landscape, he was equally interested in depicting flowers. In fact, Sexton’s first one-man show at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1933 consisted of only floral works. A review of the show noted: “Mr. Sexton depends upon lineal representation, each blossom being carefully drawn from nature. But by simplifying his tone and color and eliminating modeling so that the surface of the pane is unbroken, the more successful designs acquire a decorative character.” His paintings are much sought after and command very high prices. Mollie Hustace, Director of Isaacs Art Center, showcased nine of his paintings at the 2015 “Golden Age of Painting Show” in Waimea; it was possibly the only exhibition of so many of his magnificent works together in one venue for many years. A remarkable display of his florals is in the Laurence A. Rockefeller Collection at the Mauna Kea Resort.