Fred Steinman is a man of many talents, but few passions. If he is not creating he is not happy, so he's found ways to constantly create. He spent the first part of his married life in Virginia Beach, where he built houses from the ground up. Moving to the country, in Pennsylvania, he found a two-century-old farmhouse much more to his liking.
His interests are not limited to one kind of art, but are rather broad. Looking around his house you'll find hand built kitchen cabinets, (a gift to his wife), paintings and drawings on the wall, and pottery in the corners, along with numerous gardens.
Many of his paintings were strongly inspired by local seens of Blackash in Crawford County, near Meadville, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, Blackash is a small Amish community, with a history as far back as the 1800's.
Fred Steinman is, among many things, a visualist. Throughout his life, he's never seen the world as most of us do. When some of us are screaming at the snow, which never seems to go away, he's out taking pictures for future reference. His gift is to see the beauty in everything, and he finds it where we fail to look. No matter what he's doing, whether it's trimming a house, painting a sunset, or fixing Sunday dinner, he's stretching his artistic abilities. To him, the world is a canvas and everything he can pick up, even a shovel in his garden, are tools of his trade.