Steimer made these three paintings in Venice, Italy.
The first, piacere, an introduction for both the artist and the viewer to the light and energy of the water city. It’s asking permission from Venice to paint it. It’s patient and serene.
The second, carnevale, was made almost entirely during the February carnival. Having become familiar with the city, Steimer can have a bit of fun, take some risks, absorb the magical dressed-up festivities.
The third painting, palazzo mora, was painted in the exact place it hung for exhibition. A change of place, a change of characters around him, you’ll see the artistic leap from the first two; a leap that leads into the paintings that developed after this initial stay in Venice. All three paintings are on pieces of the same 1948 boat sail.