"Children on La Jolla Shores" by Steve Hanks
Signed Limited Edition Giclee on Canvas, Unframed
Image Size: 31 X 10 in.
Edition Size: 75
As we grow older our perspective broadens and nowhere
is this more obvious than with children. And, as is so often the case with a painting by Steve
Hanks, the beauty and seeming simplicity of the work gives no hint of the complexity beneath. Each
child interacts with the beach as they do the world. The youngest boy in the back is focused on his
older sister. She in turn is picking up a shell, something in her immediate vicinity.
The next oldest, standing slightly behind the group is focused on the actions of his immediate
family. The third, grasping some seaweed makes the connection between it and the ocean from which
it came. The oldest stares down the beach toward a group of surfers, the opening of the next phase
of life beyond the immediate family.