William Lester Stevens was a markedly prolific and talented American Impressionist. The many awards his work received during his life number among the highest received by any artist during their own lifetime. Stevens was born in Rockport, MA and died in Greenfield, MA.
Steven's work mainly centered around landscapes. He was a driven individual and demanded of himself that he spend part of each day outside painting. Over the course of his lifetime, this would result in the production of approximately 5,000 works. In one summer alone, he produced over 600 paintings.
Early in his career, he worked mainly in oil and later he incorporated the use of acrylic paint. His Impressionist work features bright color, bold lines and an excellent grasp of lighting.
William Lester Stevens was also gifted as a teacher, giving many classes in his own studios and, for a short time, he taught classes at both Boston University and Princeton. He studied under Parker S. Perkins at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in Rockport. His work was first exhibited in 1906 at the National Academy of Design when he was eighteen years of age, and is part of the permanent collections of several noteworthy museums.