Piece description from the artist
The "Empire Steelhead", her name later changed to the "Patrick Henry", was a 7586 GT cargo ship built by the Pusey and Jones, Co. of Gloucester, N.J. as commissioned by the Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Co. for the USSB in 1920.
She was assigned to the Lykes Bros.-Ripley Steamship Co. Inc., NY in 1933. In 1940 she was sold to a Greek shipping company and renamed the "Crete". She remained under Greek registry until 1951 when she was sold to an Italian shipping Co., Compagnia Marittima de Petroleo. She was eventually broken up at Savona, Italy in 1952.
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.