Piece description from the artist
The "Bayou Chico", a freighter built by the Pensacola Shipbuilding Co. of Florida, was built under direction of the US Shipping Board and launched into service in October of 1920.
In March of 1942 she was part of the transatlantic convoy ONS-18. Convoy ONS-18 joined up with convoy ON-202 heading west towards England via the Arctic Circle; they were attacked by German U-Boats and the Luftwaffe. "Chico" was bombed by the Luftwaffe just west of England early in the voyage but sustained minor damage during the attack. She was ultimately scrapped in 1946.
"Bayou Chico" is depicted here hauled out on a marine railway ready for launch back into service. Yard workers are clearing the platform while a tug gives a blast of her whistle to let everybody know she is prepared to ease "Chico" out of the railway once afloat and bring her alongside an adjacent dock.
This is a TurningArt exclusive limited edition print available in editions of 100.
Steve was born in 1949 into a family with roots in both art and the sea. In 1968, after a year working as a "machinist apprentice" in an East Boston shipyard, Steve attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Graduating in 1971 with a Merchant Marine Engineer's license Steve sailed five years aboard freighters with American Export Lines and oil tankers with Standard Oil Co. of California. These voyages took him to ports around the Mediterranean, India, Africa, the American west coast and the South Pacific. Steve made three voyages from Brooklyn, NY to India via the Cape of Good Hope when, in the 1970's, the Suez Canal was closed to transit shipping.
Steve began building model ships in 1978 while living in Spain renewing his love of ships and the sea. Since then he has won 3 gold medals in model ship competitions in the Boston area and in Spain. In 1992 he began painting in watercolor and other mediums.
Many of the maritime themed watercolors are a result of research on specific ship and port histories and ship construction. Steve uses a collection of reference books, ship construction plans, personal reference photos and his own models to orchestrate his paintings. Once the subject is drafted, Steve applies washes in a painterly yet strategic and detail oriented approach. Every August, Steve and his wife, Nella, also an artist with TurningArt, travel to southern Italy to visit Nella's relatives. Steve finds time to paint plein air in Italy, a welcome change from his normal studio based work.