Steve Hanks, whose paintings sensitively portray women and children, spent his childhood on the coast of California,. His inspiration to paint developed in his late teens, after his family moved from Ventura County to New Mexico. Away from the ocean and his friends, Steve found comfort in drawing and painting. Hanks entered the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960’s, Later he attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland.
In June, 1998, He was featured artist at the prestigious Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa with a display of more than 40 originals. Today, Steve Hanks continues to paint numerous, beautiful works that reflect a mastery of form and intricate involvement with light, Highly detailed and realistic, his watercolors urge the viewer to become part of the creative process.
Steve Hanks has won many awards and honors. U.S. art ranked Hanks among America’s top artists from 1994 to 1998, an honor confirmed in the results of dealer surveys. More than 170 of his paintings are included in his book, "Poised Between Heartbeats", which has won accolades from critics and collectors. Hanks currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico