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Beyond the Path, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
June 2016

Standing on Their Own Two Feet, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION
March 2016

Saddling Up, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
January 2016

Baby Sitting, OPEN EDITION CANVAS
November 2015

Sheer Grace, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
November 2015

Companions of the Big Easy, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2015

Hold On to Your Dreams, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY CANVAS
July 2015

In the Artist´s Studio, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2015

In the Artist´s Studio, OPEN EDITION PRINT
May 2015

To Search Within, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION
January 2015

Saddling Up, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 2014

At The Edge of So Many Tomorrows, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
November 2014

To Believe, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
July 2014

On The Shadows of the Past Runs the Future, ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORK CANVAS
March 2014

On The Shadows of the Past Runs the Future, ANNIVERSARY CANVAS EDITION
March 2014

Northwest Coastline, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
January 2014

Angel Baby, OPEN EDITION CANVAS
November 2013

The Journey is the Goal, ANNIVERSARY EDITION
October 2013

New Orleans:Celebrating Life, Death and the Pursuit of Happiness, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
August 2013

New Orleans:Celebrating Life, Death and the Pursuit of Happiness, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
August 2013

Contemplating the Necessary Steps, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2013

In the Soft Comfort of Her Bed, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
February 2013

Holding the Family Together, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
January 2013

Holding the Family Together, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
January 2013

Field of Dreams, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
July 2012

Field of Dreams, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
July 2012

Blowin´ in the Wind, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
July 2012

In the Spotlight of the Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
June 2012

Aspen Winter, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
March 2012

Time Standing Still, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
February 2012

Sunshine After the Rain, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
January 2012

Where the Healing Begins, ANNIVERSARY EDITION CANVAS
January 2012

There Are Places to Go, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
November 2011

There Are Places to Go, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 2011

Canadian Beauty, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
September 2011

Canadian Beauty, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2011

Summer Rain, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
June 2011

Gentle Tide, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 2011

Time of Wonder, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 2011

Baby Bath, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 2011

Like an Angel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2010

Boundless, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2010

It´s All Downhill From Here, SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION
September 2010

Boundless, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
September 2010

In the Warm Savannah Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
May 2010

Catching the Rain, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
April 2010

His Shirt, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
March 2010

His Shirt, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
March 2010

The Road Less Traveled, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
February 2010

The Road Less Traveled, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
February 2010

Hold Onto the Gate, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
November 2009

Reflecting on Indian Beach, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
August 2009

Children on La Jolla Shores, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
May 2009

Scenic View, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
February 2009

Raising Daughters, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2008

The Sound of Tiny Fingers, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
October 2008

Streets of New Orleans, MASTERWORK ANNIVERSARY EDITION
July 2008

Young at Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
June 2008

Dancing on the Shore (1), LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
April 2008

Beyond the Horizon, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
March 2008

Duet, ANNIVERSARY EDITION
January 2008

Waiting in the Rain, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
November 2007

Waiting in the Rain, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
November 2007

Moving On: The Art of Steve Hanks, TRADEBOOK
November 2007

Morning Bath, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2007

Morning Bath, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
September 2007

Bewitching, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 2007

To Dance Before the Sea & Sky, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 2007

To Dance Before the Sea & Sky, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
August 2007

To Touch a Heart, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
April 2007

Listening to the River, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
April 2007

New Shoreline, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
January 2007

Nature´s Touch, LIMITED EDITION PRINT
November 2006

Nature´s Touch, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
November 2006

Love for the Unattainable, MASTERWORK CANVAS EDITION
October 2006

Love for the Unattainable, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2006

Casting Her Shadow, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2006

My Little Angel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
October 2006

Country Girls, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
August 2006

Blending Into Shadows and Sheets, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS
July 2006
  
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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