2013 Artist Single Page

Spirit Faces

Lester Doré

The carved “Green Man” face is an ancient tradition symbolizing the life that is found in nature and in the earth itself. I have carved them into tree bark here as a symbol of rebirth, or “renaissance,” representing the new cycle of growth each spring. By anthropomorphizing trees I hope to strengthen the viewers connection with them and the ways we are interdependent with them. They’ve supplied us with shelter, food, tools, art media, medicine, soil conservation, oxygen, inspiration, and so much more–it’s hard to imagine life on earth without trees.

Lester Dore has been drawing, painting, collaging, and making prints since the early sixties. His subject matter is divided between political statements and evocations of nature.