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I make art with no preconceptions, and in no set format or media. Everyday my fingers fly, my mind creates. I look to the artists who came before me, and am inspired as I envision my own contribution. Some of what I do is painted, some is sewn, some is inked, embellished or woven. My work ranges from representational to non objective, and is always executed by hand. I am much more concerned with how my work appears when viewed in person than how it will translate through a photograph on a screen.

The only rule in my studio is that I choose to make art every day. I hope you enjoy taking a look, and please feel free to contact me by email or phone if you are interested in further discussion. Thanks!

  • @armslength - a portrait of Amanda

    I think a lot about the way that artists have been visually depicted, either through their own self portraits, portraits by other artists, or (in more modern times), photographs.
    My interest is in finding a different way to "paint" these images, by using fiber as an expressive medium, utilized not to replace other media, but as a way of taking these images into a different, unexplored direction.
    Since the rise of internet culture, everyone with a smart phone makes "artistic" self portraits; therefore portraiture is moving  toward a different modernity, as most self portraits aren't at mirror's length, but are exactly an arm's length away.
    My portrait of Amanda was taken directly from her utterly contemporary and fast loading social media feed, and, while purposely rendered in the most slow and ancient of mediums, this work explores the new modernity found in the caving of an extended shoulder, the carefully pursed lips, and the guarded yet very "Instagramable" expression.

    Tags
    embroidered portrait, silk portrait, contemporary embroidery, custom portrait, Amanda Jean Ack, portrait of a young woman, beautiful girl, hand embroidery, silk embroidery, Duncan Hicks
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    10" x 10" (WxH)
    @armslength - a portrait of Amanda
  • @armslength - a portrait of Amanda

    Detail - A hand embroidered portrait of Amanda Jean Ack.  Silk and Alpaca wool on Rayon and Silk velvet.

    Tags
    contemporary embroidery, hand embroidery, Embroidered Portrait, Amanda Jean Ack, Duncan Hicks, custom portrait, Wedding portrait
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    10" x 10" (WxH)
    @armslength - a portrait of Amanda
  • Guacamole at the table, a portrait of Liza

    The flip side of the ubiquitous selfie is a quickly stolen portrait of a teenager posted proudly on parent’s social media.  This portrait of a dear cousin once removed is a love letter to her mother, who captured one last childhood moment of her daughter over a meal of guacamole and chips.  

    Tags
    Embroidered Portrait, Crewel Embroidery, Silk Embroidery
    Year
    2019
    Dimensions
    8" x 8" (WxH)
    Guacamole at the table, a portrait of Liza
  • Hand Embroidery - Georgia, Alfred, MC and me

    Based on an exquisite Alfred Stieglitz photograph of his wife, Georgia OKeefe's hands, my homage also includes a nod to MC Escher's hands drawing hands. In this piece, I appropriated the original Stieglitz image by shifting the medium from Stieglitz's photography to hand embroidery, a method of mark making that was more closely associated with O'Keefe. MC Escher's paradoxical hands drawing hands became hands embroidering hands in my piece, which also features active needles and thread. Prize Winner, Fiber Artists of San Antonio 2016 Annual Show. Winner: hand embroidery prize

    Tags
    gorgia okeefe, Alfred Stieglitz, Appropriation Art, MC Escher, embroidered portrait, embroidery, Hand Sewing, Hands
    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    10" x 8" (WxH)
    Hand Embroidery - Georgia, Alfred, MC and me
  • Migrant woman hastily clad in donated shirt (a portrait of Audrey Hepburn)

    Audrey Hepburn in a white pop collar shirt.  I wanted to see if I could make an embroidered wired stump that could be blended directly into the body of what I was embroidering.  There are two collars in this piece; the larger (more forward one) was set early in the process and the shirt was essentially embroidered on top of it.Silk crewel embroidery and stump work.

    Tags
    Audrey Hepburn, Crewel Embroidery, embroidered portrait, Embroidery, black and white
    Year
    2018
    Dimensions
    9" x 12" (WxH)
    Migrant woman hastily clad in donated shirt (a portrait of Audrey Hepburn)
  • Portrait of Ivy Love

    Tags
    hand embroidery, crewel embroidery, embroidered portrait, silk embroidery
    Dimensions
    8" x 8" (WxH)
    Portrait of Ivy Love
  • Deep Eddy

    With a provocative wink, my work explores art history through feminine - now feminist tools: needles, wire and thread. With meditative stitches and hidden structure, I reimagine flat planes of shadow with visual images that leap dimensionally toward viewers with depth that is present and unabashedly real.


    My “Deep Eddy” reinterprets Roy Lichtenstein's "Drowning Girl," (in the MoMA collection) with a specific ATX twist - if you have to ask what it means, then you ain’t from Austin.


    This work appropriates Lichtenstein’s original by turning the medium and methodology on its head: purposely dimensional instead of pointedly flat, diminutive rather than oversized, and marking with tiny, hand wrought knots instead of oversized stenciled dots.


    True art history nerds may also recognize an homage to Hokusai’s “Wave” woodblock print. The original appropriation was Lichtenstein’s; I chose to double down on his re-interpretation by adding a dimensional layering of the enveloping water.

    Tags
    Roy lichtenstein, lichtenstein, drowning girl, hippie hollow, deep eddy, Crewel Embroidery, embroidered portrait, French knot, catherinehicks, Catherine Hicks art, Austin Texas, Stump Embroidery, Waves
    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    14" x 14" (WxH)
    Deep Eddy
  • San Salvador the Second

    I have reinterpreted the most iconic photo of famed surrealist Salvador Dali with tonal crewel embroidery in silk, worked on an upcycled antique linen. This diminutive portrait features an extravagant stump work mustache which adds a dimensional component to the piece.

    Tags
    Salvador Dali, crewel portrait, silk, stump, embroidery, crewel, mustache, tonal, black and white, Catherine Hicks, Catherine hicks art, handstitched, Hand embroidery, hand embroidered
    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    6" x 7" (WxH)
    San Salvador the Second
  • St. Vincent with Shade SOLD

    Based on Van Gogh's self portrait in the collection of the Institute of Art in Detroit, this wool crewel embroidery features a dimensional stump embroidery hat brim worked in a woven pattern mimicking straw. The hat extends about 3" from the surface of the small portrait, shading St. Vincent from the summer sun. This view shows that extension.

    Tags
    Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh, straw hat, stump embroidery, wool, crewel embroidery, portrait, crewel portrait, Institue of Art Detroit, Catherine Hicks, Catherine Hicks art, catherinehicks
    Dimensions
    7" x 7" (WxH)
    St. Vincent with Shade  SOLD
  • St. Vincent with Shade SOLD

    Based on Van Gogh's self portrait in the collection of the Institute of Art in Detroit, this wool crewel embroidery features a dimensional stump work hat brim worked in a woven pattern mimicking straw. The hat extends about 3" from the surface of the small portrait, shading St. Vincent from the summer sun.

    Tags
    Vincent Van Gogh, stump embroidery, crewel embroidery, crewel portrait, wool, embroidered portrait, straw hat, Catherine Hicks, Catherine Hicks art, catherinehicks
    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    7" x 7" (WxH)
    St. Vincent with Shade SOLD
  • Tulip Study

    A dinner party yielded a fine bouquet of parrot tulips, which inspired this silk crewel embroidery on black velvet. Although this ready to hang floral accent is diminutive in size, this piece is finely detailed, and took about two weeks to stitch entirely by hand. The back is completely encased in velvet, and features hand sewn trim and embellished metal findings.

    Tags
    crewel, Crewel Embroidery, handstitched, floral embroidery, flower, affordable, Art, silk, Velvet, Vermeer
    Year
    2016
    Dimensions
    8" x 6" (WxH)
    Tulip Study
  • First Crewel Self Portrait

    Frustrated by an assignment to make a self portrait with pastels, I threw down my oil sticks, picked up a needle and thread, and changed the way I make art forever.

    Tags
    Crewel Portrait, Crewel Embroidery, Self Portrait, embroidered portrait, crewel, embroidery
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    17" x 17" (WxH)
    First Crewel Self Portrait
  • Cruel, Crewel Summer (detail) SOLD

    Wool crewel embroidery on silk satin. Essentially a self portrait, this piece was my response to a professor's instruction to demonstrate color theory.


    SOLD - PERMANENT COLLECTION, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

    Tags
    crewel portrait, embroidered portrait, fiber art, self portrait, Austin Community College Permanent Collection, Austin Community College, embroidery, crewel, sewing, wool, silk
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    12" x 12" (WxH)
    Cruel, Crewel Summer (detail) SOLD
  • Cruel, Crewel Summer SOLD

    Wool crewel embroidery on silk satin. Essentially a self portrait, this piece was my response to a professor's instruction to demonstrate color theory.


    SOLD - PERMANENT COLLECTION, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

    Tags
    crewel portrait, embroidered portrait, fiber art, self portrait, Austin Community College Permanent Collection, Austin Community College, embroidery, crewel, wool, silk
    Year
    2014
    Dimensions
    12" x 12" (WxH)
    Cruel, Crewel Summer SOLD
  • Love is love is love is love

    The Back and some detail shots from my homage to Klimt's "Der Kuss."

    Tags
    Klimt, embroidery, goldwork, couched embroidery, crewel embroidery, art history, appropriation art, Catherine Hicks, handstitched
    Year
    2017
    Dimensions
    22" x 30" (WxH)
    Love is love is love is love
  • Love is love is love is love

    A feminist updating of Klimt's Der Kuss (1908), my entry celebrates romantic love with a girl powered smooch.
    The background of the piece is painted with acrylic paint, while the flowered cliff edge is hand stitched with crewel wool. The faces and flesh were hand wrought with single strand crewel silk floss, and the layered metallic fiber was entirely couched with single strand silk floss.
    In the original work, the man dominates his mate with a brutish embrace as he pushes her to an inescapable edge. The foliage wrapping her ankles entraps her, and, upon close inspection, her expression hardly conveys the joyful anticipation the painting initially suggests.
    In my update, I asked myself to consider how Klimt would have worked if gold leaf had not been invented. My version finds the figures together, ready to fall (in united love) at the edge of Klimt's cliff. Both are embraced (in naked, vulnerable intimacy), beneath a shared golden wrapping, as tendrils of vines bind each to the other in a mutual tender trap.
    In this update, the figures are purposely androgynous, celebrating the universal joy of romantic love for anyone (of any orientation) lucky enough to find a partner for life.

    Tags
    Klimt, embroidery, the kiss, crewel embroidery, gold, goldwork, homage, appropriation, couched embroidery, Catherine Hicks, Art
    Year
    2017
    Dimensions
    22" x 30" (WxH)
    Love is love is love is love
  • For WW, my own private Heisenberg

    SOLD


    A complex tangle of pure white ribbon stiffened with coats of gesso and acrylic and held in place with carefully sewn glass beads. This piece was completed in between binge watching of the terrifically addictive "Breaking Bad," and thus became my love letter to Walter White, Vince Gilligan, and to my own private Heisenberg, who watched with me and dedicatedly supports my work.

    Tags
    fiber art, sewn art, Walter White, Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad, Heisenberg
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    13" x 17" (WxH)
    For WW, my own private Heisenberg
  • Prick

    Found objects, glass. An embellished pincushion because, well, why not an embellished pincushion? Even the most humble objects can and should be elevated by the hand of an artist.

    Tags
    fiber art
    Year
    2013
    Dimensions
    3" x 3" (WxH)
    Prick
  • SOLD


    Found objects, glass. An embellished pincushion because, well, why not an embellished pincushion? Even the most humble objects can and should be elevated by the hand of an artist.

    Tags
    fiber art
    Dimensions
    3" x 3" (WxH)
  • Uncle Vanya

    SOLD


    Acrylic on a velvet ground, this piece was inspired by the set of my son's production of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."

    Tags
    Velvet, painting, fiber art
    Year
    2013
    Uncle Vanya
  • Stocking for Amanda

    Acrylic on a velvet ground, this wintery scene was inspired by the set of my son's production of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," and made into a stocking for his beautiful girlfriend. Initially a painting which I refashioned into a Christmas stocking, this piece has been embellished with glass beads and silvery trim. The footsteps stomping through the snow to spell out the name Amanda are (I imagined) Duncan's.

    Tags
    fiber art, painting, sewn art, beaded art, Christmas Stocking
    Year
    2013
    Stocking for Amanda