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Although teachers often cited his artistic ability, Steve Hanks' main interest while growing up around San Francisco was sports.

After his family moved to Albuquerque in 1966, Steve Hanks decided to study commercial art. However, at the Academy of Fine Arts, he discovered the challenge of drawing people. He graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, during the explosive sixties.

Steve Hanks was deeply affected by the maelstrom of shifting attitudes, as evidenced by his art. Initially, his works were pencil drawings and oils. Steve Hanks' paintings were impressionistic while his drawings were realistic. Eventually, an allergic reaction to oils forced him to experiment with watercolors. Using the techniques learned from his other mediums, he found he could create watercolors as "finished" as oils.

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. His original works are in high demand by both public and private collectors.

"The Delicate Dance Of Shadow And Light" by steve hanks "The Delicate Dance Of Shadow And Light"

Watercolor
14.37x10.12




"A Beautiful Mystery" by steve hanks "A Beautiful Mystery"

Watercolor
14.5x8




"A Fine Memory" by steve hanks "A Fine Memory"

Watercolor
13.5x5.88




"A Lasting Impression" by steve hanks "A Lasting Impression"

Watercolor
15.75x8.5




"A Mother's Pride" by steve hanks "A Mother's Pride"

Watercolor
17.75x25




"A Mother's Warmth" by steve hanks "A Mother's Warmth"

Watercolor
13.75x25.75




"A Powerful Presence" by steve hanks "A Powerful Presence"

Watercolor On Board
36x24




"Aspen Summer" by steve hanks "Aspen Summer"

Watercolor On Board
30x36




"Aspen Winter" by steve hanks "Aspen Winter"

Giclee on Canvas
30x36




"Beyond the Horizon" by steve hanks "Beyond the Horizon"

Watercolor
33.25x52.75




"Classical Elegance" by steve hanks "Classical Elegance"

Watercolor
19x13




"Days of Summer" by steve hanks "Days of Summer"

Watercolor
22.5x10




"Early Morning Sunshine" by steve hanks "Early Morning Sunshine"

Watercolor
13.5x20




"Embracing The Day" by steve hanks "Embracing The Day"

Watercolor
12.25x8.12




"Field Of Dreams" by steve hanks "Field Of Dreams"

Watercolor
39.75x19.5




"First Light" by steve hanks "First Light"

Watercolor
12.75x18.75




"Her Morning" by steve hanks "Her Morning"

Watercolor On Board
22.38x13.5




"Her Warm Presence" by steve hanks "Her Warm Presence"

Watercolor
35x52.5




"Holding Back Time" by steve hanks "Holding Back Time"

Watercolor
35x52.5




"Holding It All Together" by steve hanks "Holding It All Together"

Watercolor
18x36




"I Thought I Saw An Angel" by steve hanks "I Thought I Saw An Angel"

Watercolor
20.5x14




"In the Middle of Nowhere" by steve hanks "In the Middle of Nowhere"

Watercolor
12.75x9




"In The Soft Comfort Of Her Bed" by steve hanks "In The Soft Comfort Of Her Bed"

Watercolor
18x24




"Just Passing Through" by steve hanks "Just Passing Through"

Watercolor
15x30




"Laying Her Long Hair Down" by steve hanks "Laying Her Long Hair Down"

Watercolor
8.75x17




"Leaving Things Unfinished" by steve hanks "Leaving Things Unfinished"

Watercolor
20.25x11




"Like An Angel" by steve hanks "Like An Angel"

Watercolor
24x36




"Love Living, Live Loving" by steve hanks "Love Living, Live Loving"

Watercolor
30x40




"Morning In La Jolla Cove" by steve hanks "Morning In La Jolla Cove"

Watercolor On Board
17x28




"Objects Of Desire" by steve hanks "Objects Of Desire"

Watercolor
30x22




"On Golden Wings" by steve hanks "On Golden Wings"

Watercolor
36x24




"Passionate" by steve hanks "Passionate"

Watercolor
23.75x12.75




"Precious Cargo" by steve hanks "Precious Cargo"

Watercolor
10.25x19.25




"Quiet Confidence" by steve hanks "Quiet Confidence"

Watercolor
22x14




"Rising With the Sun" by steve hanks "Rising With the Sun"

Watercolor
20x35




"Rockin' On The Porch" by steve hanks "Rockin' On The Porch"

Watercolor
10x8




"Sleek Black Backs" by steve hanks "Sleek Black Backs"

Watercolor
8x10




"Standing On Their Own Two Feet" by steve hanks "Standing On Their Own Two Feet"

Watercolor
27.5x18.5




"Streching Out the Morning" by steve hanks "Streching Out the Morning"

Watercolor
28.5x18.5




"Sweet Mystery" by steve hanks "Sweet Mystery"

Watercolor
6.87x5.62




"The Bright Light Of Morning" by steve hanks "The Bright Light Of Morning"

Watercolor
18x11.5




"The Charmer" by steve hanks "The Charmer"

Watercolor
8x10




"The Light on the Couch" by steve hanks "The Light on the Couch"

Watercolor
14.5x32.75




"The Meeting At The Gate" by steve hanks "The Meeting At The Gate"

Watercolor
14.25x11




"There Are Angels Among Us" by steve hanks "There Are Angels Among Us"

Watercolor
21x40




"There Are Places To Go" by steve hanks "There Are Places To Go"

Watercolor
35x50




"Timeless Beauty" by steve hanks "Timeless Beauty"

Watercolor
11x14




"Touching the Surface" by steve hanks "Touching the Surface"

Watercolor
43x54.5




"Tradition of New Orleans" by steve hanks "Tradition of New Orleans"

Watercolor
13.37x7.37




"Vision In The Water" by steve hanks "Vision In The Water"

Watercolor
24x36




"Warm Summer Morning" by steve hanks "Warm Summer Morning"

Watercolor
8.75x13.75




"Water Drops" by steve hanks "Water Drops"

Watercolor
15x22.75




"Wearing the Light" by steve hanks "Wearing the Light"

Watercolor
16.75x11.25




"Where The Ocean Paints The Sand" by steve hanks "Where The Ocean Paints The Sand"

Watercolor
30x20




"With Every Breath" by steve hanks "With Every Breath"

Watercolor
31.3x29.25




"With Her Back In The Sun" by steve hanks "With Her Back In The Sun"

Watercolor
25x16