GALLERY TALK

STEVEN LESTER

ESAC

FREE to the public. Donations welcomed.

AUGUST 3, 2019

11:00am

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Steven Lester

DESCRIPTION

Join us for a gallery talk and tour with the artist himself, Steven Lester!

Eastern Shore Art Center (Whiting Gallery)
Free admission. Donations welcomed. Original artwork and prints for sale.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Growing up in Atlanta, Steven always had an enthusiasm for sports and while taking art in school, he was commissioned to illustrate a series of GameDay program covers for Georgia Tech football. After graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Visual Arts, he began his career as a commercial illustrator and soon became the Creative Director of Turner Broadcasting System.  Because this was during the years Ted Turner owned the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks, Steven was able to meet a number of the players and became a fascinated fan.

 

By this time, he had already cultivated a love for action-oriented sports art. But his fast-track creative design and advertising career allowed little time for painting. He soon became a highly successful Vice President, Creative Director for two international advertising agencies, winning more than 100 national and international awards.

 

When Steven and his wife adopted 2 children, he found himself traveling and becoming a conflicted, absentee father. After considerable deliberation, he made a conscious career change, resigning from the advertising agency to attend seminary. For the next 20 years, he pastored churches and pioneered numerous, creative ministry and missions initiatives. He also began focusing his creative skills advancing causes and issues that are of value to him. He had the privilege of traveling the world and making life-long friends from Russia to India to Africa. But again, he had very little time for cultivating a passion for drawing and painting.

 

After 4 decades of focusing on other priorities and beginning to lean toward retirement, Steven purposed to spend the next 3 years honing his fine art craft. Five years later, he has now joyfully shifted his focus and fully embraced his love of painting.

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