Leonard Potter is a contemporary San Miguel Artist whose home and Studio is but a few miles from the Franciscan Mission there. On display in the Mission Museum is the statue to the left of Junipero Serra with Juan Evangelista Jose. Juan is the historically accurate Native American youth who, as Father Serra's interpreter and guide, accompanied him to Mexico City. It is Juan's story of "How Father Serra Saved the California Missions" that is told in Old Father's Long Journey.
In his statue of Father Serra and Juan, artist Leonard Potter has captured the gentle strength of Serra and the mutual respect and devotion that was the hallmark of the relationship that existed between Fray Junipero and the tribal peoples he left his homeland to serve.
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Leonard Potter at work in his Studio where his artistic focus is on three
dimensional art and sculpture. Some of his recent works may be viewed in the
public archives at Mission Carmel and in the Franciscan archives at Old
Mission Santa Barbara.
Reproductions of the above statue of Serra and Juan may be ordered from the
artist. For further information, please contact the artist directly by