Children on La Jolla Shores
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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 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.