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Steve Hanks

Touched By Beauty, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


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


Angel Baby, OPEN EDITION CANVAS


Field of Dreams, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


It´s All Downhill From Here, SMALLWORK CANVAS EDITION


Catching the Rain, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Hold Onto the Gate, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Children on La Jolla Shores, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Raising Daughters, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Young at Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Beyond the Horizon, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


To Dance Before the Sea & Sky, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Listening to the River, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


New Shoreline, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Nature´s Touch, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


My Little Angel, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


Blending Into Shadows and Sheets, LIMITED EDITION CANVAS


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


Matters of the Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


We are Bound Together, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


On the Warm Side of Winter, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


A Hundred Years from Now, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Water Lilies in Bloom, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Seeking the Light, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


When Her Blue Eyes Close, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Waiting on Halloween, OPEN EDITION PRINT


One Moment, OPEN EDITION PRINT


To Search Within, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Hold onto your Dreams, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


In Her Dreams, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Places I Remember, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Good Times, OPEN EDITION PRINT


In Her Thoughts, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Great Journey, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Imagination, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Traveling at the Speed of Life, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


To See the World, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Undercover, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Treasures on the Shore, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Small Miracle, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Getting Her Feet Wet, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Happiness, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Music in the Heart, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Finding Yourself in the World, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Sheets of White, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


The Daughter of a Great Romance, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Like Diamonds in the Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


The Gift is in Her Presence, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


One Step at a Time, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Stringing the Children Along, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Peeking Out, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Sharing Key Time, OPEN EDITION PRINT


The Thinkers, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


In the Eyes of the Innocent, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Musical Appreciation, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Taking their Time, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


The Cat´s Lair, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Savoring the Sun, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Little Black Crow, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


The Music Room, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Nature´s Beauty, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


Shelter for the Heart, LIMITED EDITION PRINT


The Kiss, OPEN EDITION PRINT


Angel at the Gate, 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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