ARTIST BIO: STEVEN LESTER
Growing up in the Southeastern United States, Steven always had an enthusiasm for drawing and painting. 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.
By this time, he had already cultivated a love for painting, but his fast-track creative design and advertising career allowed little time. 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 foreign-born children, he made a conscious career change, resigning from the advertising agency to focus his creative skills advancing causes and issues were of value to him. He had the privilege of traveling the world, making life-long friends from Russia to India to Africa, and feeding his painting passion.
Steven has focused his boundless energies on creating art that expresses feeling, engages the heart, and resonates on an emotional, visceral level. As he said, “I have an insatiable curiosity and
embrace life with a passion. I see with my heart and I paint with my hands but I always desire to provoke fascination, imagination and wonder.”