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“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

Fall 2013 and Winter/Spring 2014 Classes Update

Select the “Classes” button at the top of this page to learn more about the classes I am teaching now (Fall 2013) and will be teaching next year (Winter/Spring 2014).

New Painting of my grandfather – Grumpy Mike

Grumpy & me

Many years ago my Dad painted a picture of his father, Howard, and a few years later I did a painting of my Dad’s mother, Granny Ceil. Both paintings have been hanging around for years. But just a month ago, my mother suggested that I do one of her father, Samuel Sewall. And she sent me an iconic photo showing him and his favorite hobby, fishing. We grand kids called him Grumpy Mike and the photo at the right shows me as a little kid giving him a big hug. He and my maternal grandmother Nana lived for many years in Islip, New York, way out on the south coast of Long Island where my family spent some great summer vacations visiting them. In those days there was no bridge to Fire Island so Grumpy Mike had to take us out there on his boat. He’d fish all day while my family spent the day body-surfing the big waves at Jones Beach. On the way back he’d anchor on a sand bar in the middle of the Sound and we’d all dive down to dig up fresh steamer clams. Often we kids would also net crabs off all of the docks in the inlet where Grumpy had his dock out back of their house. And then with fresh fish, clams, and crabs we’d have a seafood feast for dinner and then collapse into bed exhausted from too much sun and swimming all day. Those were great vacations!! Just below is the new painting of Grumpy Mike.

Grumpy Mike

A month or so ago, I was contacted via email by a young woman asking if I would be interested in doing a commission painting of her.  She was initially confused  that I was the “other” Steve Hanks, a well known painter in Arizona.  I explained this and she realized her mistake, but even so, she asked if I would consider doing the commission.  I told her I would, and explained how we might manage it… trading photographs in a variety of poses and discussing possible backgrounds.  So after a week of such communications, she sent me pictures of herself… and much to my pleasant surprise… in the nude… and so pretty!  In the past, I’d done both drawings and paintings of nudes before, usually in a classroom setting, but never a commission piece.  So I was quite enthusiastic about the idea and so was Michelle (the young woman in the photo).  So, I selected one of the photos she had sent and did a large drawing of the figure.  I also realized that I needed to have a different background than the original photo… something that would be a nice contrast to the warm flesh tones of her skin.  I had an old quilt that my mother had sewn many years before and I thought it would make a nice light background with colorful patterns and soft textures.  So I draped the quilt over my own couch at home and took a few photos of it from a similar viewpoint as the original photo of Michelle.  I then added the quilt to the large drawing that I had already done of the figure.  I thought the combination worked well and started the painting.  Now a few weeks later, I’ve finished it.  Michelle has seen it and seems pleased with it… and has given me permission to show it here.  If you like, you may post comments here, or you may send comments directly to Michelle at to tell her what you think.