-My name is Steve Lesnick and I’m going to tell you about myself in my own words
-I have made my living as an artist for over 60 years and the word retire is not in an artists vocabulary.
-I would like to begin by saying that I am a veteran who served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps., during the forgotten Korean War.
-I am listed in Artist USA, Who’s Who in American Art, and the International Art Directory. My illustrations and paintings have been published in over 40 industrial magazines. I’m proud to say that my work can be found at the Smithsonian and The White House. And also at the Boxing Hall of Fame Museum.
-One of my most memorable experiences was when I entered into the largest art competition in the world.
It was the Arts For The Parks National Competition and the purpose for the show was to raise funds for the struggling National Parks. First prize was $100,000 and there were 3000 artists who entered the event. I was one of three artists to win an award.
The following year my Wright Brothers painting won the purchase award and it remains on permanent display at the Wright Brothers Museum at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
-I was fortunate to win the Bicentennial $5000 award sponsored by the Franklin Mint. The State Of Nevada adopted my design and they minted it on the original number one press which produced the Carson City Silver Dollars. My design raised nearly one million dollars in sales for Nevada. The story doesn’t end there, however, for the Nevada State Museum was having financial difficulties and they saw the success of the bicentennial sales, they asked me if I would create Nevada Historical Designs for producing of Medallions. I said yes and my historical designs began the medallion program. Since 1973 right up to the present day, the sales of the medallions brings in $400,000 every year for the museum.
-My education is extensive. I am an alumni of the Silvermine College Of Fine Art in Connecticut and the Art Career School Of Commercial Art in New York. I have been an art instructor for the Famous Artists School in Connecticut. I also taught at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, New York which is listed as a National Historical Landmark.
-For 36 years I had the largest art school in Nevada, many of my students went on to become professional artists. For 24 years I wrote my syndicated Art For Everyone column in the Las Vegas Sun. I have also written and published several How To Paint and Draw art books.
-I have invented many art materials through the years, buy my most popular invention has been my Funny Brush, which continues making artists happy since 1973.
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