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Peter Steiner’s paintings are intimate glimpses into his life. The pictures currently on view at The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon are of real everyday life neither idealized or distorted. The paintings can’t exactly be called naif or primitive, but they come from the gut — from the raw center of his imagination. Steiner says, “Since I didn’t study painting I am not going to turn out slick stuff.” In “Checking Mail,” a picture he painted of the garden at their house in France, two figures (the artist and his wife) sit on lawn chairs in a sun-...