Where the Healing Begins is a real-life depiction of a mother who is overcoming grief and suffering after losing a child. Artist Steve Hanks asked his friend how she began the healing process and she told him that she would sit out on the porch and look into the ocean, which is where her son had liked to be. He painted her sitting in the sun and put flowers around her as a symbol of re-growth, a reminder to start simple and let life grow again. Hanks has put together a series of watercolour art in a book entitled “Moving On”, which he says will help to “teach us where to look when things go bad…to focus on life being good.”
Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the best watercolour artists working today. The detail, color and realism of Steve Hanks’ paintings are unheard of in this difficult medium. A softly worn patterned quilt, the play of light on the thin veil of surf on sand, or the delicate expression of a child—Steve Hanks captures these patterns of life better than anyone.
Hanks calls his style ‘emotional realism’. He often leaves the faces of his figures obscured or turned away, not only to leave the face to the imagination of the viewer but also to allow the entire figure to express the emotion. more