It was from his artist family where Steve got his first inspirations. As young boy he was fascinated with the pen and ink drawings of Saul Steinberg as depicted in issues of the New Yorker magazine. He would create his own renderings and spent hours drawing and making up cartoon images with captions.
He has traveled extensively throughout the world including India, the Mediterranean countries, Africa and the South Pacific. The many countries, cultures and colors fueled his artistic vision. He started to paint in watercolor after discovering the work of Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Since then his art has expanded to multiple mediums, oil, acrylics and pastel. Steve’s watercolors are the result of many years of exploring, observing and studying subject composition and unique lighting. He is always searching for a composition that is different in its point of view. Over the past 2 years he has become a favorite for local art organization demonstrations.
“I do not approach any of my subject matter from an established protocol. I am mostly interested in light and how it transforms that which it envelops. Whatever medium I choose I lean toward the application of strong brush strokes saturated with color. I am constantly trying to evoke a mood rather than a realistic clarity by blending precision with freedom.”
His National and International painting Awards include the Director’s Award Annual Coos Art Museum Maritime Art Exhibition, the Lehmann Memorial Award and the Winslow Homer Special Merit Award for two different Annual Transparent Watercolor Society Exhibitions. Steve has also received the Museum Purchase Award from the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT for two different Annual International Maritime Art Exhibitions.
Steve’s work is represented by; The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT; The Gallery at 4 India, Nantucket, MA and Charles Fine Art Gallery, Gloucester, MA, and many private and corporate collections.
He is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) and an artist member of the Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA; North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA and Coast Guard Art Program.