Born in Camden, NJ, J. Kenneth Leap painted and exhibited watercolors in his teens before entering the Rhode Island School of Design. A trip to Germany sparked his interest in glass painting, a medieval technique that would form the basis for his future professional work. Now, more than 20 years after opening his studio, The Painted Window, J. Kenneth Leap is primarily recognized for his achievements in the field of architectural stained glass. His public artworks include: a skylight illustrating the history of NJ in the Annex of the NJ Statehouse; the chapel in the Masonic Home, Burlington, NJ; “The Atlantic Globe” for the lobby of Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ; and major installations at the Veteran's Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ. In 1994 Leap was invited to relocate his studio, and become an artist-in-residence at the Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, in Millville, NJ. He is also an artist-in-residence at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, PA.