Raised in Minneapolis, Liepke decided to attend the Art Center College in Los Angeles. His artistic aspirations, however, encountered roadblocks. He hungered for classical training rather than the conceptual ideas being taught. He then decided to move to New York. This decision would be the impetus for his meteoric career rise.
"When I moved to New York, I started going to museums and learning from all the great artists... Velazquez, Whistler, Chase, Vuillard, Sorolla and others. I learned color and composition and technique. 1 realized that their work was my kind of work. They were my heroes, so I became their student".
In a new artistic endeavor; that of original lithography, Liepke has once again mastered a most difficult medium. Choosing to work on the same Voirin lithographic presses as Toulouse Lautrec did centuries before, Liepke has hand-drawn each of the plates necessary to complete these important images. The works reveal Liepke's sensitivity and elegance which are enhanced by the grace of the lithographic medium.
Since 1979, Liepke has become a well-respected name in both the fine art and illustrative fields. His paintings have been exhibited with such prestigious organizations as The National Academy of Design, The American Watercolor Society, The Pastel Society of America, Allied Artists, The National Arts Club and The Hudson Valley Arts Association.
His art has also appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek,
Forbes, Fortune and Sports Illustrated..