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From a Higher Level

by Steve Hanks

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 using words.They can also represent
the relationship between art and its ability to communicate beyond words—From a Higher Level."

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 100 s/n. 31"w x 20"h.
$695 | $840 CDN | £450 | €680
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Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Print:
limited to 550 s/n. 24"w x 15 1/2"h.
$175 | $210 CDN | £120 | €170
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Arriving April 2006

 


We are Pleased to Welcome
Steve Hanks to Our Family of Artists


"Art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have. People react differently to my paintings because we all have dissimilar backgrounds and feelings," says Steve Hanks. Rather than conveying a specific message through his paintings, Hanks explores memories and emotions.

Although teachers often cited his artistic ability, Steve Hanks' main interest while growing up around San Francisco was sports: surfing and tennis. After high school, Hanks enrolled at the Academy of Art in San Francisco."The only way to convince my parents to let me attend was to indicate I was going into commercial art," he says. "I didn't even know what that was!" He did well but it was a life drawing class that captured his interest. He transferred into the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Initially drawing in pencil and painting in oils, his paintings were impressionistic, drawings more realistic. An allergic reaction to oils forced him to experiment with watercolors. He found he could create with watercolors what most experts expect from "finished" oil paintings.

 


A New Beginning
by Steve Hanks

"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.

Additionally, I used a different model for this painting than I did in the first two, to further illustrate the metamorphosis: you are not the same person at the top of the staircase that you were at the bottom."

Join us in welcoming Steve Hanks to The
Greenwich Workshop family of artists. We are
pleased to offer A New Beginning as one of his
first fine art limited editions, an offering even more symbolic as we too look forward to a long and beautiful road ahead.


Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 100 s/n. 20"w x 40"h (unstretched).
$850 | $1025 CDN | £550 | €830
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Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Print:
limited to 550 s/n. 14"w x 27 1/2"h.
$175 | $210 CDN | £120 | €170
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Arriving April 2006