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Another New Painting in the Comedy Animal Series

September 27, 2015:  I’ve been busy painting since my hip surgery in July and before I get too busy this Fall teaching new classes (see Fall Classes webpage above). The most recent finished painting is the fourth in a series of paintings that I have done where the subject is wild animals and the titles of the paintings are comedy teams.  The two earliest pictures, “Dean and Jerry” (two rhinoceros) , and “Larry, Curly, and Moe” (three crocodiles), were displayed here last year.   Two posts below is the third picture in the series of giraffes called “Chico, Zeppo, Harpo, and Groucho”.  The latest is immediately below called “John, Gilda, Laraine, Dan, Jane, Garrett, and Chevy”, the names of the original cast of Saturday Night Live. Enjoy.
John, Gilda, Laraine, Dan, Jane, Garrett, and Chevy

John, Gilda, Laraine, Dan, Jane, Garrett, and Chevy

Orig SNL cast

Teaching Fall classes for MC Public Libraries

Check out my “Classes” webpage (above) to see the schedule of the classes I am teaching this Fall 2015, including three new ones just added.

A New Painting and Upcoming Art Show

August 31, 2015: This coming Labor Day weekend (9/5-7), I will be showing ten paintings in the Montgomery Artist Association (MAA) Annual Kensington “Paint the Town” Art Exhibition.  My entry is one of more than 120 artists in what will be a major and very popular show.  The ten pictures are a mix of abstracts, landscapes, still life, and portraits.  Please come to the reception Saturday evening.  You won’t regret it..

Since I just finished the following painting yesterday, it was too late to enter it in the Kensington Show.  I’m planning to enter it in the next BWS annual show.  It is the third in a series of paintings that I have done where the subject is wild animals and the titles of the paintings are 1940’s comedy teams.  The two prior pictures, “Dean and Jerry” (rhinoceros) , and “Larry, Curly, and Moe” (crocodiles), were displayed here last year.   This one is called “Chico, Zeppo, Harpo, and Groucho”.  Enjoy.

 Chico, Zeppo, Harpo, & Groucho

Chico, Zeppo, Harpo, & Groucho

“A Lifetime Retrospective”

** Press Release **

Artist Stephen T. Hanks Presents

“A Lifetime Retrospective”

A Seminal Exhibition of Original Drawings, Acrylics, & Watercolors Showcased in the Yellow Barn Gallery

June 15, 2015; Silver Spring, MD – Esteemed local artist and art professor at Montgomery College, Stephen T. Hanks, will present a special exhibit titled “A Lifetime Retrospective” in the Yellow Barn Gallery at Glen Echo Park over July 4th weekend. The public exhibit will showcase a large and diverse collection of Mr. Hanks’ work, including both abstract and realistic content, landscapes, still life, and portraits; encompassing both fantasy and fact, and are often imaginative and visionary.

The exhibit will be open to the public on Friday 7/3 from 4:00 to 8:00pmET; Saturday 7/4 from 12:00pm to 9:00pmET; and Sunday 7/5 from 12:00pm to 4:00pmET. A reception will be held both Friday and Saturday at 6pm and include a presentation by Mr. Hanks on The Art of Creative Reaction along with paintings that illustrate the subject. These events are in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Glen Echo Partnership for the Arts & Culture.

Mr. Hanks has been a practicing professional artist for more than 40 years. There is a constant in his style but a tremendous range in the subjects of his work. He has received multiple awards and his work has been showcased in many galleries and museums.

For more information, contact the Yellow Barn Gallery at 1-301-371-5593 or contact the artist at 301-588-2326 or at Visit the artist’s website at



About Stephen T. Hanks

Stephen T. Hanks has been a  practicing professional artist for more than 40 years, and his work has been showcased in a variety of galleries and museums including the Strathmore Museum, BlackRock Art Center, the Kentland’s Mansion, and art museums in Denver and San Francisco.

Since 2011, Hanks has been teaching Portraiture, Watercolor Painting, and Linear Perspective at Montgomery College, the Holiday Park Senior Center, several Montgomery County libraries, and at Leisure World. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Hanks served as an art teacher at Gonzaga College High School. Prior to that, he spent 26 years at IBM as a commercial artist and a computer graphics software designer, while working independently as an illustrator for a variety of publications and teaching art part-time.

He has been a Signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society for many years and an associate member of the National and American Watercolor Societies. His work has been published in the 2009 and 2012 Best of America Watermedia Artists annual catalogs. He specializes in both drawing and watercolor media producing an eclectic mix of non-objective, abstract, and realistic content.  Even his non-representational work, upon closer examination, reveals landscapes, faces and human forms, Christian symbols, and fantastic imagery that grow out of the design.

Mr. Hanks earned his Master’s degree in Art Education at SUNY New Paltz in 1978 while living and teaching for six years in the art colony of Woodstock, NY. He received his BFA from the University of Colorado in 1972.

Mr. Hanks is also an accomplished portrait artist and illustrator occasionally doing private commissioned portraits and commercial work. Some of Hanks’ work can be found on his website ( ), in addition to thousands of examples of his students’ artwork, an interactive blog, and information about his art classes.

Baltimore Watercolor Society Annual Regional Show

The following are two new paintings that I just completed and entered in the Baltimore Watercolor Society Annual Regional exhibition.  I hope they are accepted.  What do you think?

The Strasburg Canal Bridge

The Strasburg Canal Bridge


Rainy Go-to-Meeting Sunday








New Basic Drawing and Watercolor Classes Starting Soon

Go to the Classes tab at the top of this page to see all of the classes that I am teaching this winter and spring.  I’ve just posted new information there about basic drawing and watercolor painting classes that I am teaching for the Holiday Park Senior Center and for the Montgomery County Public Library system (at the M. Praisner and White Oak libraries) starting in April.

Three New Paintings

I just finished these three new paintings as demos for my basic watercolor class at Holiday Park.  I hope you like them.

Hanks Stephen ladies in the rain

Hanks Stephen misty pondHanks Stephen lemons and pottery





New Classes in 2015

Select the “Classes” button at the top of this page to learn more about the classes I will be teaching starting in January of 2015.

New Artwork in Upcoming Shows

Hello everyone. I’ve been doing a great variety of new artwork over the past year that I’ve recently been preparing (matting and framing) for a variety of shows that I’m exhibiting in this summer and fall. I currently have two paintings hanging at the Montgomery Artist Association (MAA) Gallery in Wheaton Mall called Maine Coast and Vemeer’s Kitchen. I’ve got a brand new painting (below) called The Admiral’s Favorite Medal that will be in a Baltimore Watercolor Society (BWS) show at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton starting the second week of August.

Watercolor - 2014

Watercolor – 2014

And finally, I’ve got a variety of new work appearing in the MAA Annual Kensigton Armory Show over Labor Day weekend (Sat-Mon, 8/30-9/1). These include the Kensignton submission Circle Mansion, a landscape A Walk on the Dunes, a portrait Me, Myself, & I, and an abstract called Something Wicked This Way Comes (below).  Hope to see you at any of these shows.

Watercolor & Pencil

Watercolor & Pencil

I’m also teaching a variety of classes this Fall. Click on My Classes (above) for more information about them.

Over 4000 examples of my Students’ artwork

You are invited to see some excellent artwork done by students in various art classes that I have taught over the past seven years for Montgomery College, Leisure World, and Gonzaga College High School.  Simply select the “Student Work” button at the top of this page and then view the slide show (all 4000+) or limit the viewed selection by choosing any of the categories (artist name, watercolors, drawings, portraits, etc.) listeded below the slide show.  There are some really talented artists’ artwork displayed there.  You’ll note that the artwork images are displayed using the functionality of Yahoo FLICKR and every image is named using the artists name (last name first), and all are additionally searchable with tags  by content (e.g. landscape or portrait), media (e.g. watercolor), year of creation (e.g. 2013), institution (e.g. MC for Montgomery College), and type (e.g. abstract).  The images are also grouped into sets by the institution/year that hosted the art classes (e.g.Gonzaga 2010-2011 or 2009-2010, MC, Takoma, Rossmore, and HPSC for Holiday Park).  Here is an example the Watercolor Techniques class by Judy Wilson,

Wilson Judith abstract