Nobody’s Fool, 2015
watercolor on paper mounted to panel, 4 1/8 x 9 1/8 in
Steve Martinez makes highly detailed and nuanced realist watercolors of pick-up trucks owned by his friends and people he has worked with. His paintings incorporate the reflections on the windows and all the dings, dents, and blemishes of these vehicles as if they are living things. He worked, for a number of years, on the Viking fishing fleet out of Montauk and would often make paintings of the trucks owned by his fellow fishermen, transforming the image into a form of portraiture of the proprietor. He studied with Glen Hansen at the School of Visual Arts in New York.