FORT PIERCE FOLKS
amazed me about the sea’s power, a boat’s
ability and the visible reaction of people on
and about water,” he says. Steel finds it challenging
to portray the excitement, speed and
grace of sailing craft as they move through
the water. The power and energy of wind and
waves are evident in many of his paintings.
But Steel is not solely an artist. He is also a
teacher. Since 1991, he has held weekly classes
at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. “Watercolor
techniques are complex,” he says. “I like to
teach it for that reason.”
This fall, he plans a watercolor painting
workshop on a cruise from Boston to Toronto.
“The fall colors should make for some spectacular
paintings,” he says. Steel has held such
workshops in the past in Scotland, Germany,
Italy, France and England, as well as aboard
ship in the Mediterranean.
Steel recently expanded into an art form
that links his painting and live performances.
He has created two books with accompanying
paintings and performances and is working
on a third. With a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council, Steel’s first publication,
“Net Loss,” is a tale about the state’s commercial
fishing industry since the net ban law
came into effect. The one-man melodrama, in >>