John Hicks - Wood Artist

My art comes from two thoughts or motivations. Will my art fascinate and appeal to people, and how can I reproduce my vision with the materials that I work with and the skills that I have? My inspiration comes from a long relationship with wood and what is hidden inside of each piece of wood. 

Born and raised in Norfolk, I never left the area. I was the youngest son of an Architect/Artist father and a very creative Artist mother.  At age 18, I left home and worked several jobs to support my wife and 4 kids. My formal education was directed at architectural design and drafting which supported my endeavors as a licensed contractor completing “one of a kind” projects. 

I have been working with wood my entire life. I know exactly what each type of wood can do and what that wood will look like at the end. I have developed techniques to impose color onto the wood without hiding the intrinsic beauty of a piece of wood itself. All of my art is hand made by me and does not include off the shelf items. I focus on repurposing items, recycling scrap wood, downed trees, and imperfect pieces of board lumber.

It is exciting to me to take a log or board that is basically unimpressive and apply my skills, based on a vision or inspiration, and turn that simple log or board into something beautiful, useful, and desirable. The fact that I develop these mental images, organize the processes, and utilize all of my skills to develop “ART”, defines me as an artist. 

I also like to share my skills and attributes with my children, grandchildren and friends. I look forward to sharing my skills with anyone that might be interested in participating in my wood art classes. I would like everyone to have the same satisfaction and pride that I enjoy when completing a piece of art. 


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