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Steve Hanks is recognized as one of the best watercolor 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.

Steve Hanks was born into a military family in San Diego in 1949. His father was a highly decorated WWII Navy flyer. Hanks grew up playing tennis and surfing along the beaches of Southern California. “The ocean made a strong and lasting impression on me. It was good for the soul to be out in the water—surfing, swimming, or simply getting in touch with its mysterious power.”

The family was transferred to New Mexico when Steve was a junior. After high school he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco, earning excellent marks in commercial art and figure drawing. He transferred to the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Steve Hanks took a job as a caretaker at a Campfire Girl’s camp near Cuba, New Mexico in 1976. The pay was minimal, but the rent was free, and all during the winter months his time was his own. For the next four and a half years Hanks experimented with many media: oils, watercolor, pencil, acrylics. “If I hadn’t spent so much time perfecting my drawing skills,” he comments, “I would not be the painter I am today.” His first romantic piece, “Daisies and Lace”, was a harbinger of his developing style—it featured a lacy dress and a serene sunlit setting.

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. Backlighting is also a signature element of his style. “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.”

His marriage to Laura and the arrival of three children provided new inspiration for the artist. Many lovingly rendered domestic scenes were added to the portfolio during those years.

Jurors, galleries and collectors have long recognized the stature of Steve Hanks’ achievements. He received the National Watercolor Society Merit Award and the National Academy of Western Art Gold Medal, in addition to consistently appearing in the list of top ten American artists compiled by U.S. Art Magazine. Art for the Parks has honored his work with many awards since 1989.

“I’ve tried to be responsible and put positive images out into the world,” says Hanks. “I hope that my work brings comfort, pleasure and insight into people’s lives.”



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To Believe
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Northwest Coastline
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A New Beginning
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Angel at the Gate
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Aspen Winter
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Baby Bath
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Bewitching
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Beyond the Horizon
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Beyond the Path
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Blending Into Shadows and Sheets
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Blowin in the Wind
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Boundless
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Canadian Beauty
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Candle in the Wind
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Casting Her Shadow
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Castles in the Sand
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Catching the Rain
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Cats Lair, The
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Centered
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Children on La Jolla Shores
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Comforting the Heart
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Connections
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Contemplating the Necessary Steps
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Count Your Blessings
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Country Girls
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Daughter of a Great Romance, The
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Dreamseekers Suite
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Duet
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Field of Dreams
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Finding Yourself in the World
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First Light
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Forever a Mystery
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From a Higher Level
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Gentle Tide
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Gift is in Her Presents, The
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Her Domain
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Her Time
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His Shirt
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Hold on to Your Dreams
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Hold Onto the Gate
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Holding the Family Together
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In Her Dreams
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In Her Thoughts
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In the Eyes of the Innocent
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In the Soft Comfort of Her Bed
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In the Spotlight of the Sun
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In the Warm Savannah Sun
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Interior View
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Its All Downhill From Here
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Its His Time Now
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Journey is the Goal, The (Canvas)
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Life Size
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Like an Angel
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Like Diamonds in the Sun
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Listening to the River
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Little Black Crow
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Love for the Unattainable
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Matters of the Heart
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Michaela and Friends
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Morning at Bakers Beach
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Morning Bath
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My Little Angel
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Natures Beauty
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Natures Touch
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New Orleans: Celebrating Life, Death and the Pursuit
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New Shoreline
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Ocean Breeze
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On the Shadows of the Past Runs the Future
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On the Warm Side of Winter
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One Step at a Time
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Places I Remember
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Private Recital
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Raising Daughters
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Reflecting on Indian Beach
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Savoring the Sun
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Scenic View
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Seeking the Light
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Sharing in Silence
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Sheer Grace
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Sheets of White
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Shelter for the Heart
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Small Miracle
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Someone to Watch Over
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Sound of Tiny Fingers, The
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Stringing the Children Along
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Summer Rain
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Sunshine After the Rain (Canvas)
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Taking Their Time
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The Road Less Traveled
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There are Places to Go
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Thinkers,The
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Thinking it Over
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Time of Wonder
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Time Standing Still (Canvas)
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Time to Listen, The
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To Dance Before the Sea And Sky
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To Search Within
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To Touch a Heart
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Traveling at the Speed of Life
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Treasures on the Shore
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Undercover
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Waiting in the Rain
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Water Lilies in Bloom
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We are Bound Together
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When her Blue Eyes Close
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When the Fog Rolls In
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Where the Healing Begins (Canvas)
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Where the Light Shines Brightest
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Wonders of a Woman
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Yesterday and Tomorrow Suite
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Young at Heart
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A Mothers Pride
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After the Shower
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Angel Baby
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Angels Out the Door
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Bookends
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Coastline
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Crib Quilt
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Delicate Touch
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Getting Her Feet Wet
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Living the Dream
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Offshore Breeze
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Old Friends
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Peeking Out
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Reclining Nude
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Reflecting
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Santa Fe Sun
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Second Thoughts
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Sunday Afternoon
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The Kiss
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Time with Mom
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Waiting on Halloween
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A Moment for Reflection
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A Quiet Place
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A World for Our Children
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After the Bath
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All Gone Awry
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All in a Row
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An Innocent View
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Beginning
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Being Perfect Angels
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Big Shoes to Fill
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Black Lace Nightgown
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Blue Morning
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Captive Audience
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Catching the Sun
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Comfort in Solitude
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Contemplation
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Contours
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Country Comfort
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Country Home
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Dancing on the Shore
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Drip Castles
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Emotional Appeal
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Fathers Day
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For Generations To Come To
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Gathering Thoughts
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Her Side
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Holding the Family Together
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In Mothers Arms
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Inside Looking Out
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Journey is the Goal, The
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Leaving in the Rain
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Little Angels
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Looking Back
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Mother and Child Bond
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Moving On
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Music Room, The
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Mysteries Suite
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New Arrival
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Newest Angel, The
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On Shadows of the Past Runs the Future
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Pacific Sanctuary
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Quiet Rapport
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Room to Think
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Sending Flowers
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Sense of Belonging
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Sharing Key Time
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Sometimes its the Little Things
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Southwestern Bedroom
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Standing on Her Own Two Feet
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Stepping Stones
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Streets of New Orleans
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Sunlight Suite, The
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Sunshine Across the Sheets
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Sunshine After the Rain
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Things Worth Keeping
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Time Standing Still
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Time with Dad
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To Behold
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Touching the Surface
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View From the Balcony
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Where the Grass is Greener
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Where the Healing Begins
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Wind Through the Window
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Young at Art
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Youthful Grace
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