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Artist of the Month - February 2014
Joyce Hicks

Joyce Hicks

Joyce Hicks

Joyce Hicks is a self-taught artist who has an innate ability for transforming ordinary landscape scenes into beautiful works of art that have made her an internationally acclaimed artist. Her dynamic brushwork and expressive use of color combines in a very unique way giving her paintings a fresh, welcoming look that is easily recognizable.

She paints with a powerful signature style that invites viewers into her scenes for a glimpse of a simpler way of life. She shares her love of the landscape with viewers by painting a variety of subjects from rural farms, country landscapes and time-worn coastal cottages.

Joyce Hicks

White Barns in Virginia
22" x 30" - Watercolor on Paper

Hicks' light-filled paintings have received international recognition and she is a three time award winner of the prestigious American Watercolor Society with Signature Member Status.

Traveling frequently in search of beautiful places to paint, Joyce also conducts national and international workshops, gives gallery talks, and acts as a juror for watercolor exhibitions.

Joyce Hicks

Perfectly Peaceful Pacific
18" x 24" - Watercolor on Paper

Joyce's work is widely published appearing in the pages of the popular Splash Series Books 12, 13 and 15 and the new Art Journey America: Landscapes to name a few. Her painting Out Santa Rosa Creek Road was chosen for the cover of Watercolor Artist magazine with a full-length feature story about her work and travel in April 2011.

Her latest accomplishments are the DVD Coastal Cottages and the soon-to-be-released Fine Art Book she is authoring for North Light Books, Painting Beautiful Landscapes in Watercolor.

Hicks' passion is to share and teach others how they too can transform ordinary landscape scenes into extraordinary ones using her simple techniques and principals. When not on the road she shares a light-filled Texas home with husband Larry and their little dog, Sassie.

Joyce Hicks

Westport by the Sea
18" x 24" - Watercolor on Paper

"My original paintings of beautiful places are inspired by frequent travel which allows me to be up close and personal with the landscape," Hicks says. "I never try to depict a subject as it actually is but instead I record my personal response to the scenes before me. If the old white homestead is a bit neglected, then I simply capture it in sunlight to discover its real beauty.

If there is only one withered rose on an old trellis then why not one hundred in full bloom? I'm especially drawn to sunlight and shadow and how it can transform ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones capable of taking my breath away.

In an attempt to translate my feelings for a subject I use entertaining brush strokes, strong contrasts, and colors both soft and bold. These elements combine in a very unique and personal way providing a visual invitation, a welcome mat of sorts, to tempt others into my world. My purpose is to celebrate the landscape with brush and paint in hope that the joy I feel will also be felt by those who view and collect my work."

Joyce Hicks 

Joyce painting in her studio

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