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Beyond the Path, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Standing on Their Own Two Feet, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION


Saddling Up, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS


Baby Sitting, OPEN EDITION CANVAS


Companions of the Big Easy, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Hold On to Your Dreams, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY CANVAS


In the Artist´s Studio, OPEN EDITION PRINT


At The Edge of So Many Tomorrows, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


To Believe, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


On The Shadows of the Past Runs the Future, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION


Northwest Coastline, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Angel Baby, OPEN EDITION CANVAS


The Journey is the Goal, ANNIVERSARY EDITION


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


Contemplating the Necessary Steps, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


In the Soft Comfort of Her Bed, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Holding the Family Together, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS


Field of Dreams, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Blowin´ in the Wind, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


In the Spotlight of the Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Aspen Winter, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Time Standing Still, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS


Sunshine After the Rain, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS


Where the Healing Begins, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS


There Are Places to Go, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Canadian Beauty, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Summer Rain, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Gentle Tide, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Time of Wonder, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Baby Bath, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Like an Angel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


It´s All Downhill From Here, SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION


Boundless, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


In the Warm Savannah Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Catching the Rain, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


His Shirt, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


The Road Less Traveled, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION


Hold Onto the Gate, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Reflecting on Indian Beach, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Children on La Jolla Shores, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Scenic View, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Raising Daughters, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


The Sound of Tiny Fingers, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Young at Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Dancing on the Shore (1), LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Beyond the Horizon, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Waiting in the Rain, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks, TRADEBOOK


Morning Bath, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Bewitching, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


To Dance Before the Sea & Sky, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


To Touch a Heart, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Listening to the River, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


New Shoreline, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Nature´s Touch, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Love for the Unattainable, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Casting Her Shadow, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


My Little Angel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Country Girls, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Blending Into Shadows and Sheets, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Her Domain, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


From a Higher Level, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


A New Beginning, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Michaela & Friends, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Sunday Afternoon, POSTER


Angels Out the Door, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Time with Mom, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Picking Daisies, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Santa Fe Sun, POSTER


A Mothers Pride, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Yesterday is a Long Time Ago, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Castles in the Sand, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Living the Dream, OPEN EDITION PRINT, UNSIGNED


Thinking It Over, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Forever A Mystery, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Matters of the Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Her Time, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Interior View, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


We are Bound Together, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


On the Warm Side of Winter, LIMITED EDITION PRINT

  
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  Steve Hanks
Although teachers often cited his artistic ability, Steve Hanks’ main interest while growing up around San Francisco was sports. As a young teenager, Hanks pursued surfing and tennis with passion. He eventually tired of a steady diet of competitive tennis, but continued to surf, finding a spiritual connection with the ocean. “Surfing had a strong influence on my paintings,” he says. “The ocean often appears in my work, because I have such strong feelings for it.” Although it was apparent early on that he had talent, Hanks refused to do the required assignments in his high school art class and earned a grade of C in the class. “To prove I was good, I did a one-man show at the high school and sold my first painting to another art teacher,” he says. After high school Hanks enrolled in summer session commercial art courses at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. “The only way I could convince my parents to let me go was to say I was going into commercial art,” he says. “I didn’t even know what that was!” He did well in his commercial art classes, but it was a life drawing class that captured his interest. He focused his energy on the study of anatomy and figure drawing and transferred into the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California. He graduated in the 1960s with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and then moved back to New Mexico in search of a home art gallery. Initially, he drew in pencil and painted in oils. His paintings were impressionistic while his drawings were more realistic. Eventually, an allergic reaction to oils forced him to experiment with watercolors. Using the techniques learned from other mediums, he found he could create watercolors as “finished” as oils. Deeply affected by the emotions, shifting attitudes and music of the 1960s, the music of 60s icon Bob Dylan often accompanies Hanks as he paints in his studio today. Steve Hanks’ paintings are much more than endearing images of women and children. Rather than conveying a specific message through his paintings, Hanks prefers to explore memories and emotions. “All art is an escape to somewhere you want to be or a feeling you want to have," Hanks says. "People see different things in my paintings because we all have different backgrounds and feelings.” Hanks highly collected nudes convey an introspective solitude that prompts the viewer to think about his or her own life and path. “Women occupy a special niche in my sensitivity. They express more storytelling ability. There’s more magic in them,” he says. Art jurors began recognizing the quality of his work in 1973. Steve Hanks won the Arts for the Parks Marine Art Award of Excellence in 1990 and 1994, and has been one of the Arts for the Parks top 100 artists since 1989. In 1991, Steve Hanks received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art awarded him the Gold Medal in 1992. Since 1993, he has been one of U.S. Art Magazine's top ten American artists. When the Pacific Rim show in Seattle, WA decided to open the show up to a wider variety of art in 1999, they selected Steve as Artist of the Year. Steve was one of five winners selected to the U.S. Art Hall of Fame 2000. He was named as one of the top 25 selling artists in the June, 2002 issue of Decor magazine. The 7th Annual Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children chose Steve as their Feature Artist in 2002.
 


 

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