Sunshine After the Rain
Steve Hanks is renowned for his skills as a figure painter but the viewer can see with “Sunshine After Rain” that Hanks’ artistic ability commands every aspect of this painting. The work itself is titled in such a way as to require no explanation. His mastery in painting reflected water is in full display on the deck of this Victorian seaside retreat. His fans will recognize in this image a favorite metaphor of light following darkness. 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.