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The Art of Steve Hanks

Figures in Light by Steve Hanks

The Art of Steve Hanks         About Steve Hanks

“All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have. People see different things in my paintings because we all have different backgrounds and feelings.”

- Steve Hanks

 

Steve Hanks, whose paintings sensitively portray women and children, spent his childhood on the coast of California. His inspiration to paint developed in his late teens, after his family moved from Ventura County to New Mexico. more
 

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On the Shadows of the Past Runs the Future

 
 
 

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Northwest-Coastline-by-Artist-Steve-Hanks

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Northwest Coastline

Beaches are soulful, introspective places where even mountains yield to the vastness of the sea. They provoke examination of one's own life and place in the world. They are points of arrival and of departure where the ebb and flow of tide and wave constantly restore what the other washes away. The ocean is a place of challenges and opportunity that reminds us of the scale of our own lives beside the great forces of nature.

 
 

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The Journey is the Goal

“I found a perfect house on a shaded street and posed them there, walking past it with the wagon. The concept is that people too often focus on getting that great house or career position and spend their lives working for it. In the process, they miss out on the special times they could have spent together as a family before their children have grown up. If there is one thing an artist is taught early on, it’s good to keep the important things in the foreground.”

 
 

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New Orleans: Celebrating Life, Death and the Pursuit of Happiness

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New Orleans: Celebrating Life, Death and the Pursuit of Happiness

There is no other place like the French Quarter of New Orleans and Steve Hanks’ newest painting brings us to its heart, Jackson Square. A jazz funeral cortege celebrates its way past St. Louis Cathedral where a group of street musicians joins in the celebration of the life of the deceased. Like his "Streets of New Orleans," this newest work captures Hanks love for the city. “It has character that takes time to absorb," he says, “and will take a lifetime to fully discover and enjoy.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Contemplating the Necessary Steps

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Contemplating the Necessary Steps

The beauty of a painting by Steve Hanks is just as often matched by the thought and story behind it. Contemplating the Necessary Steps is one of a series of paintings that Hanks created as expressions of the healing process. Throughout, as the model makes her journey, she climbs higher and higher up the staircase. Both One Step at a Time and A New Beginning are other fine art editions that are part of this series.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Holding the Family Together

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Holding the Family Together

“Most people will look at Holding the Family Together and see it as a reminder of a happy family vacation,” says artist Steve Hanks. “but for me it is about the man in the painting, his position in society and how the pendulum has swung the other way and put men in this position—trying to keep the family together while they’re all going in different directions.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Aspen Winter

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Aspen Winter

“This painting is not about a woman I’d like to be with, but rather it’s homage to a town that is so very close to my heart,” says artist Steve Hanks. At the risk of sounding like the Chamber of Commerce, Aspen is a very special place, averaging over 300 days of sunshine year and yes, the skiing is legendary. It’s also home to Steve Hanks’ original painting gallery and decades of wonderful memories for the artist and his three children. Hanks’ command of watercolor craft is on full display in this portrayal of confident anticipation of a great day on the slopes. If you’ve ever been here, or hope to go, this love letter to Aspen will ensure that you hold onto that dream.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Field of Dreams

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Field of Dreams

Like most of artist Steve Hanks’ paintings, there are rich layers of meaning and emotion in Field of Dreams, his entry into the 2012 prestigious, national invitational Prix de West. Everything in this vertical composition points to the young girl’s dreams as the eye is drawn from her Western boots to her hair to the horse’s face to the road that carries you finally to the shining mountains on the horizon. The connection between the girl and her horse is intimate and we can practically smell the animal and feel its breath on her shoulder. Strong and absolutely trustworthy, the beloved horse is her most faithful confidant. “This painting is about hopes and dreams that are shared and communicated in silence. Art can do that, too,” says Hanks. This spectacular landscape of a young woman’s dreams will inspire everyone who sees it and warm any room in your home.

 
 

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Steven Hanks - In The Spotlight of the Sun

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In The Spotlight of the Sun

Two artists make accomplished perfection appear effortless. We see the dancer’s mastery of balance and grace through the artist’s command of shape and form and the play of light on and about her through his superb mastery of watercolor paints. This Fine Art Edition is the finishing touch in the creation of a truly elegant living space.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Where Healing Begins

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Where The Healing Begins

This truly beautiful painting captures the essence of the concept of starting anew. Sitting on a porch overlooking the Pacific, a new day arises around an obviously introspective woman.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Sunshine After the Rain
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Sunshine After The Rain

The carefree step of a barefoot young girl expresses the hope of youth and innocence as the breezy summer afternoon dries out all that remains of the rain. The graceful architectural details frame her pathway as she strides into a bright future.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - There Are Places to Go

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There Are Places To Go

“On the surface, the story behind this painting is straight forward,” begins Steve Hanks. “This young woman has decided that it is time for her to leave home and make her own way in the world. The choice is hers and she is confident and self assured in her decision. But as it is with most of my paintings, there is a deeper, personal story to it.

“Years ago I painted a piece called Traveling with Dad. It showed me holding my daughter on an empty platform at a deserted railway stop. I painted that image at what was, without a doubt, the lowest point of my life. I was on my own raising two kids and the painting truly captured that feeling of the unknown future that we were heading toward. You’ll notice that this young woman carries the same suitcase I had on the platform.”

“Today, I am a long way down that track and it turns out our stop was in New Mexico. I have always painted the mountains, the sea and rivers and lakes so it seemed to me for the longest time that Albuquerque was a place that I was going to either pass through or leave from. Well, the years passed and time has revealed that this was our destination. Albuquerque is our home. That little girl I once could easily hold in my arms is now grown up. The future is hers. She is going to be making her own decisions, which will determine the places she is headed toward.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Canadian Beauty

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Canadian Beauty

Nestled in the splendor of Banff National Park lies a Canadian national treasure¯the emerald colored waters of Lake Louise. “Until you have the chance to go there, you can’t understand just how beautiful Canadian Rockies are. To me,” emphasizes Steve Hanks, “this place is Canada.”

Hanks is renowned as one of the finest figurative artists painting today. That description understates his skills as a landscape artist and the importance he puts on the specific environments he creates for the figures he paints. “The title of this painting really says it all, Canadian Beauty. A striking woman with auburn hair relaxes at the water’s edge in mid-summer, with Chateau Lake Louise and the jagged snow-capped mountains in the background. The blend of serenity and majesty that this place radiates is awe-inspiring.”

The character of Banff and of the Canadian Rockies is completely different than that of their American counterparts because of their geography and geology. Most dramatically, they appear steeper and more jagged because of the extent to which the limestone and shale has been carved out by glaciers. The cooler and wetter climate that enhanced the formation of these glaciers created moister soil for lush forests and larger rivers as well.

The Chateau Lake Louise is one of the iconic railway hotels built in the early 1900s by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The lake itself is fed by mountain streams and is given its turquoise hue by fine particles of rock ground to nearly microscopic size by the glaciers above.

 
 

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43"x24"
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Steve Hanks - Summer Rain

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Summer Rain

“This is a recent painting I did on Clayboard,” says artist Steve Hanks, “a surface that still amazes me as a watercolour artist. The colors are brighter, the rainwater and reflections are even more realistic.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Gentle Tide

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Gentle Tide

A quiet moment of reflection after a long, hard day, occupies this young woman.

 
 

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Steve  Hanks - Time of wonder

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Time Of Wonder

"Time of Wonder" conveys the unknown possibilities in the future of a single young life as he faces the seemingly infinite ocean. “What I like most about this painting is the way the overcast, misty sky affects the light and colors, like the clarity of the waves breaking behind the boy and the fog sitting on the mountains in the background,” says the artist. “It’s a very solitary, magical place and this youngster is not standing still in this vast landscape. He’s moving forward.”  

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Baby Bath

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Baby Bath

Much of Steve Hanks’ art carries subtle symbolism with children as the focal point. These paintings are filled with his hopes for the young. After all, what is more pleasing than a baby bath, except possibly two babies in the bath and in this particular painting, they are a friend’s fraternal twins, a boy and girl. Curiosity and fascination with water begins at the very beginning. These two are splashing, patting and swirling their way to figuring out the physical world and each other. Is one leading the way or is the other giving orders? This simple summer backyard scene by artist Steve Hanks will find a home in your playroom, nursery or bathroom.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Boundless - Woman portrait

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Boundless

Recently artist Steve Hanks has been working on a series of paintings he refers to as “There are Angels Among Us” wherein he explores the idea of guardian angels in our lives. These may be angels of inspiration, angels of beauty, angels who provide direction or protection in our lives and the spirits of angels who lift us and sometimes even carry us. Mostly he is creating a tribute to the great role models and influences in his own life.

Boundless has a compelling composition. Her gesture like a metaphor for the cross, this joyous beauty leaps into a shaft of sunlight on an otherwise dim and foggy beach. Viewers are left to wonder, will she come down or is she on her way, eternally up?

 
 

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Steve Hanks - In The Warm Savannah Sun

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In the Warm Savannah Sun

“I didn’t grow up in the South,” says artist Steve Hanks, “but I love the feel of it, especially Savannah, Charleston and New Orleans. These places fit the emotions I use in my art. The young woman in this painting is lost in a moment of reflection but her posture is relaxed anticipation. She’s ready for what’s coming her way.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Catching The Rain - Girl under umbrella catching raing

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Catching The Rain

This young lass isn't sure if the rain is really stopping or if it is going to continue and thus interrupt her journey. With her boots, at least her feet are dry.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - The Road Less Traveled

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The Road Less Traveled

I find those straight, long roads that transverse the barrenness of nowhere so intriguing. Who lives out there, what do they do? Imagine having grown up in one of those small Midwestern towns and what it is like to decide it is time to leave that small-town life behind?” asks Steve Hanks. “I think we all want to believe we would take the road less traveled, but are we prepared for the inclement weather or the time that may pass before opportunity offers us a ride? Certainly, this girl radiates inner confidence and everything about her, right down to her off-beat clothes, represents one who would choose to take the road less traveled.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Hold Onto the Gate

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Hold Onto The Gate

Hold onto the Gate is a darling portrait of a child's first glimpse of life outside the family. The elaborate wrought iron gate makes a dramatic backdrop to the fragility of the little ballerina standing before it. She won't be like this for long.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Reflecting on Indian Beach

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Reflecting on Indian Beach

With Reflecting on Indian Beach Steve Hanks shows just why he is regarded as the best watercolor artist painting in America today. It is a definitive combination of beauty, emotion and environment. “There is a big difference between the beaches of the Northern Pacific Coast and those down in Southern California,” says Hanks. “The surf rolls in over long shallow flats. The waves pound and boil for great distances, creating in the air thick moisture. This subtly diffuses the light creating an atmosphere palatably different than that on the beaches farther south.”

What began in his mind as a relatively straight-forward painting took Hanks over a month to create. He became absorbed in building the large reflective areas of the tidal flats. It seems as if we can reach in ourselves and run our fingers through the cool, moist sand at this serene and magical place where tree-lined mountains slip beneath the surface of the sea.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - We Are Bound Together

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We Are Bound Together

It's show and tell time and this innovative group of children have each created their own unique cut-out. They are, however, bound together since their individual patterns are all interconnected, just as they are.

 
 

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Children on La Jolla Shores

As we grow older our perspective broadens and nowhere is this more obvious than with children. And, as is so often the case with a painting by Steve Hanks, the beauty and seeming simplicity of the work gives no hint of the complexity beneath. Each child interacts with the beach as they do the world. The youngest boy in the back is focused on his older sister. She in turn is picking up a shell, something in her immediate vicinity.

The next oldest, standing slightly behind the group is focused on the actions of his immediate family. The third, grasping some seaweed makes the connection between it and the ocean from which it came. The oldest stares down the beach toward a group of surfers, the opening of the next phase of life beyond the immediate family.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Scenic View

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Scenic View

She’s at the edge of a low wall with no clear path ahead but her eyes are drawn to the sweep of white foam from the crashing waves in the cove below. From there her dreams can soar. The turn of her head contributes to the painting’s expression of solitude and yet we share her view. Everything about this woman says “confidence” and the beautiful composition of physical and geographic curves presents an elegant portrait for any room in the house. Scenic View is published as a giclée on paper, virtually identical to the watercolor of the original painting.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - The Sound of Tiny Fingers

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The Sound of Tiny Fingers

This young pianist is hard at work on her scales in anticipation of the arrival of the piano teacher.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Dancing on the Shore

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Dancing on the Shore

"This private dance on the foggy Oregon beach expresses joy and freedom," says Steve Hanks. "As the young dancer twirls, we learn that we are not the audience this dance is meant for." From the girl's simple yet powerful reflection in the water to the sunlight dissipating through the misty sky, this beautiful work of art will make an uplifting and inspiring addition to any wall.

 
 

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Raising Daughters

“As this family enjoys a walk along the beach in Del Mar, California,” says artist Steve Hanks, “a discussion with the younger daughter takes the full attention of her parents. This gives her older sister a chance to pursue her interests. I’ve heard it said that when you raise a boy you only have one boy to worry about, but when you raise a daughter you have all of them to worry about. To illustrate this in 'Raising Daughters,' the two girls and their mothers are the only females on the beach. I carried the story further by making the older daughter and the boy she is admiring into a couple in the far distant background, walking away.”

 

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Young at Heart

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Young at Heart 

The couple in "Young at Heart" has discovered a valuable secret to staying young: companionship and laughter. As they travel the mountain road together enjoying the scenery and one other’s company, their time-tested love brings them great happiness.

 
 

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Steve Hanks -  Streets of New Orleans

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 Streets of New Orleans

"Life has many levels and this painting shows many of them," says artist Steve Hanks. "At the bottom are the people making a living on the street. The next level is the sidewalk, where the couples safely walk the perimeter and share their lives together. The only people on the balcony are an elderly couple who have made it through their life together and are observing everyone else. They have made it to the highest level and I view them with envy and pride.

 

 
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Steve Hanks - Beyond the Horizon

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Beyond the Horizon

“The Pacific Ocean is one of my great loves,” says Hanks. “It’s the ultimate edge. It’s a place for contemplation and reflection, a place to remind us of the scale of our one life against the great forces of nature. ”The ocean, with its vast horizons and pounding surf, has been a source of endless inspiration to Hanks. As with many Hanks paintings, the scene is layered with mystery. Who is this woman? Is she pressed against the edge of the earth or is she contemplating her wide-open future? Beyond the Horizon, with its spectacular sea and landscape, make a provocative and sophisticated statement.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Duet

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Duet

When a child is learning a musical instrument, it’s difficult for the student as well as their family to patiently endure the practice time. The presence of the cat in Duet shows that practice has paid off and now the music is so comforting that even the family cat will stay around to enjoy it.

“My paintings of children are about my hopes and dreams for them, and about my desire to expose them to the arts: literature, art, music, dance and theater. I want to encourage them to make decisions for themselves, to stand on their own two feet, to think for themselves and to reach for their dreams.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Waiting in the Rain

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Waiting in the Rain

After a period of personal loss, Steve Hanks began a series of paintings visualizing his healing process. This inspiring series, which can be found in its entirety in the new book Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks, follows the artist’s emotional journey from despair to hope. Waiting in the Rain is one of the last paintings in the healing series.

“At this point I had come out of my sadness. I began to think about the future. I thought about the kind of person I would want to come into my life.  Waiting in the Rain is the visualization of that person, someone supportive and faithful. We would all like to have someone there waiting for us when we return from a trip.”

 
 

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Hardcover Book

Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks

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Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks

Steve Hanks is first and foremost a figure painter. His watercolor paintings are infused with emotion and a kind of poetry formed by light and shadow in his compositions. He often paints what he refers to as "moments of introspective solitude," with deep respect for the privacy of the individual lost in reflection. Each painting holds a mystery that is also a personal story about the artist as he expresses his own emotional unfolding through art.

Just as writers are urged to "write what you know," Steve Hanks paints what he lives. When his children were born his work was filled the profound intimacy between infants and parents the unexpected joy of toddlers, and the wonder of youngsters finding their way in the outside world.

The emotional impact of these detailed and highly realistic paintings is undeniable. Whatever the subject—children, families, women, nudes, landscape, moving water, or textile patterns—the paintings are also about light and shadow, and reflect a personal challenge, pain, or joy of the artist

The paintings in this volume represent the most extensive collection of the artist's work in over ten years. Some time after his divorce in the 1990s, Steve began a series of paintings about healing. The paintings in this series are both deeply personal in their symbolism of the artist's own life and universal in their emotion and experience. "I want my whole body of work to tell a story when I'm gone," says Steve. "It will tell the story of my life emotionally."

 
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Steve Hanks - To Dance Before the Sea and Sky

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To Dance Before the Sea and Sky

"I believe that art can be more than just pretty pictures. Art should bring comfort to people. It should be by our side when we go through good times and hard times,"  art should elicit a thought provoking examination of one's own life and place in the world."

"We all experience pain, but there are great moments of pleasure all around us too. These moments may often be fleeting and get by us before we are able to fully comprehend their beauty and importance. I have tried to capture a few of these moments in paintings that can be savoured for years to come."

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Bewitching

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Bewitching

While in downtown Santa Barbara, California, Steve Hanks happened upon a Halloween parade. “It really just fell into my lap,” he says. “It’s a great thing to paint. Children in costume have become a favorite subject of mine because they wear them with such comfort and pride. I love their innocent unselfconsciousness.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - To Search Within

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To Search Within

The setting is Cannon Beach, Oregon. The woman is indoors, the window overlooking the sea, it's overcast outside and she is consumed with her troubles. The objects surrounding her, such as the crystal ball and the shells, enhance the sense of introspective solitude. It's a moment in time where she looks into herself to figure out where she's eventually going to be.

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Listening to the River

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Listening to the River

"I often paint women near the water," says artist Steve Hanks, "and each body of water has a different meaning, a different feeling." A painting of a woman in the ocean, for example, offers perspective and the sense that "your problems are no larger than a grain of sand." The subject of a lakeside portrait may be seeking solace and a sense of security. A river painting, however, is different. "A river is heading somewhere, it's got direction, "says Steve. "'Listening to the River' is about listening to the world you're in and waiting for its guidance. The woman is thinking about where she's headed."

 
 

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Steve Hanks - New Shoreline

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New Shoreline

A woman stands in the shallow water, lost in contemplation. As the cool waves wash gently over her feet, she feels the warmth of the sun on her back and shoulders and is thankful for her surroundings, for the blessings in her life and for new beginnings.

 New Shoreline, like all of Steve Hanks' work, is rich with layers of symbolism and meaning. His titles are often the key to understanding the deeper message waiting to be discovered in each painting, and they often have more than one meaning.

This young woman stands on a new shoreline that is unfamiliar and yet it opens a new world of opportunities. Waves wash away the superficial layers of her past as she prepares herself for the many challenges and possibilities the future offers. She stands ready on the New Shoreline.

 

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Nature's Touch

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Nature's Touch

“When a painting occurs at seaside, often the subjects are contemplating significant passages in their lives."

"Bathed in the glow of a warm sun, the woman in this painting is connecting with nature and the uncomplicated joy of life. Poised and confident she dips her foot beneath the surface, an overture to exploring the unknown.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - My Little Angel

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My Little Angel

“It is rare that I paint a piece with no background. Since there is no competition with the image, the angel, my daughter, appears to be floating within the white of the paper,” says Hanks of his fine art limited edition My Little Angel. “The piece is about treasuring times when your kids are still young and innocent and like to dabble in make-believe. The colors are soft and subtle and create a feeling that the angel is gliding. A lovely way to revisit the charms of childhood.”

 
 

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Steve Hanks - Country Girls

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Country Girls

"Country Girls is simply about enjoying the times when your children are small," says Steve Hanks. Sometimes his pieces convey layers of meaning, this piece, however, in a smaller scale than Hanks usually paints, conveys the beauty of two tow-headed girls enjoying a moment outdoors in the country. In what could be Anytown, USA, Hanks captures an innocent time of pretending and the simple joys of childhood.

 
 
 

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Steve Hanks - A New Beginning

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A New Beginning

"Any healing process can be a lengthy one," says Steve Hanks. "Often it can be helped by attempting to visualize the future. Such is the inspiration for A New Beginning. This is, in fact, the final painting in a series of three that have used the ascent of the staircase to track this woman's passage. By reaching the landing at the top, she has completed her growing process and is ready to move on. This staircase reminds us to take things in life one step at a time, that a promise of reward and satisfaction-the top of the staircase-and a new view of the world around you, is a situation you can help create for yourself."

 
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Steve Hanks - From a Higher Level

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From a Higher Level

 

The art of Steve Hanks is rich with symbolism and metaphor. His titles are a key to understanding the deeper message waiting to be discovered in each painting, and, often have more than one meaning. “From a Higher Level is, on one hand a relationship piece, and on the other, about the necessity of getting above the messiness of life’s daily grind. Simple but conscious acts can lift us out of the toil and finally place us on a higher ground,” Hanks says. “The piece is also about communication, and how the rider and horse converse without necessarily using words. The rider and horse can also represent the relationship between art and the ability of art to communicate beyond words—From a Higher Level.”

 
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Steve Hanks - Someone to Watch Over Me

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Someone to Watch Over Me

 
 
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Steve Hanks - Little Angels

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Little Angels

 
 
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Steve Hanks - Things Worth Keeping

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Things Worth Keeping

 
 
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Steve Hanks - Count Your Blessings

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Count Your Blessings

These two angels, all ready for their annual school pageant, don't realize how astounding the view in front of them is but rather are caught up in their own private game. They are truly a blessing.

 
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Steve Hanks - Life Size

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Life Size

 
 
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Steve Hanks - Shelter for the Heart

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Shelter for the Heart

As the two girls in "Shelter for the Heart" stand together in a downpour, they are perhaps able to see the beauty in a rainy day for the first time without fear. Helped by the shelter of an unbrella and the comfort of a friend comes the knowledge that there will always be sunshine after the rain. It's metaphor for hope in daily lessons. Often the simple steps we have already learned can be applied to other, seemingly more difficult events in our lives

 
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Steve Hanks - Stringing the Children Along

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Stringing the Children Along

As any parent knows, it's important to pay attention to their children when going into town. Any small motion or object will distract the child's attention and draw them away to investigate. This teacher has a unique way of maintaining control, keeping all her little charges on a string, insuring the safety of even the worst wanderer.

 
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Steve Hanks - Beyond the Path

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Beyond the Path

 
 
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Steve Hanks - Ocean Breeze

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Ocean Breeze

 
 
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Steve Hanks - The Daughter of a Great Romance

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The Daughter of a Great Romance

"The title 'Daughter of a Great Romance' comes from a Dar Williams song and it is true of my daughter in this painting. The heart in the sand is like a sand castle or anything else at low tide - you know it's going to wash away but the feelings are true and the romantic idea of what love should be, young and innocent."

 
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  Figures in Light by Steve Hanks

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