One of the leading watercolour painters of this generation has created realistic paintings that depict female sensuality.
Steve Hanks, widely known as one of the best contemporary watercolour artists today. He has the amazing talent of being able to completely submerge his viewers into the emotions of the painting.
He describes his style as ’emotional realism.’ He cleverly makes the characters in his paintings turn away or he leaves their faces obscured.
By doing this, he leaves plenty room for the viewer's imagination to take over.
The women in Hanks' work are his main focus. But by employing this style, he manages to leave something to the imagination, even when their state of nudity is supposed to leave little to the imagination.
According to him: "Emotion is what I want to portray. Realism is just my way of doing it.’ ’I’ve tried to be responsible and put positive images out into the world. I hope that my work brings comfort, pleasure, and insight into people’s lives."
"Sunlight has become one of my favorite subjects. I’m fascinated by how it filters through things, how it floods a whole room with color. Often my paintings are really more about sunlight than anything else."