Ochtman's work is characterized by its distinguished simplicity of treatment, its balance of composition and its subtle color harmonies. Charles H. Caffin in the "The Story of American Painting" states that:
Among the artists of this country who have taken the lead in studying nature in the light of the open air, Ochtman has won a foremost position. He is keenly sesnistive to the quiet moods of nature and to the manifestations of subtlest quality. Few canvases equal his in refinment of observation and delicate tonality.
In his personal relations Ochtman was hospitable, friendly and sincere; his kindliness was often shown in his encouragement of struggling young artists. He was an indefatigable worker, fond of taking care of his house and grounds, and as shown by his art, was an ardent lover of nature.
He was married at Laconia, NH on June 23, 1891 to Mina M. Fonda, daughter of Isaac Fonda, an inventor, of Laconia, and they had three children: Dorothy, Leonard, Jr. and Arthur Fonda Ochtman. His wife was an artist of note as was his doughter Dorothy. Leonard Ohtman died at Greenwich CN on October 27, 1943.
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