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Steve Shanks Bio & artist statement


Artist's Statement

My paintings are about relationships and contrast.  I seek to communicate how things affect each other; how childhood experiences continue to affect our view of the world today.


So much of what we adults see as part of our landscape, troubled us as children.  We learn to ignore and accept what is all around us. But children see everything as new and without labels.  Children are often fearless when it comes to experiences that adults build walls around and they are sometimes afraid of seemingly innocuous events that we take for granted.  Everything has meaning and the smallest thing has great significance to a child.


Often the subjects of my work are waiting.  We spend our lives waiting … and thinking.  Their eyes are large, innocent and pure.  They take in everything around them without filters.  Their faces suggest trust and hope for the future. They are often contemplative, introspective and maybe even a little melancholy as they contemplate their experiences.


I try to capture a moment in a time past.  A moment filled with possibilities and promise.  We the viewer, are voyeurs but we bring with us all of our memories and all of our own lost dreams.  


I want those who view my work, to be caught up in it.  To stop and listen to what the painting says to them.  I want them to remember what it was like to be a child.  To see the world with fresh eyes and to hope.


Copyright Steve Shanks 2008 …. All rights reserved.



Steve Shanks, DOB June 25, 1957, is a Oil Painter who paints in the "Magical Realism" style, and lives in North Carolina.  He is a graduate of Liberty University, with a Bachelor's of Science in Divinity and Christian Counseling. 

Steve has been drawing all of his life, though he followed in his father’s footsteps and went into the business world for 25 years before he started full time painting in 1999. 


Working with his Late wife artist Ann Harper, Steve  developed his own style and vision.  A voracious painter, the paintings began to accumulate, and he discovered there was a market for his work.  In 2000 he began selling in galleries and through his website.


Steve is involved in many shows and contests, and has won several awards for his creativity and composition.  His work is continuing to grow in value. 


Click on the PDF button to download our Direct Art Magazine interview!

Click on this PDF button to download Steve's article in Opera Gallery's Youngblood Show catalog

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