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Meet The Artist of the Month: Katey Hicks

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Katey Hicks is our latest Artist of the Month for April and she's got some amazing artwork and an even more amazing story. Her pieces are selling quickly so be sure to stop by, pick her brain about her creative process and raise a pint! Check out her story below and please come join us in celebrating a great local RVA artist.

I Can Paint That by Katey

Hi!!! My name is Katey and I am an emerging artist located here in Richmond. I just started creating art professionally last year when I was diagnosed with cancer at 23 years old! I realized quickly that life is short, so it was time to focus on my passion... painting! My goal with art is to bring smiles and good vibes to all who see it. I see art as a way to connect with different people, cultures, mediums, etc. The take-away from a piece is completely up to whoever is looking at it and I LOVE that. It is completely unique to the viewer. I am also a graduate student at VCU studying to get my Masters of Teaching with a focus of Early and Elementary Education.

Most of my work is abstract. I use multiple techniques to get the movement I am after. My favorite method is Flip Cup! Mixing paint with mediums, I pour the colors into a cup and literally flip it onto the canvas or wood! The paint pours over the piece and then it’s the fun part… manipulating the flow. I then tilt and turn the canvas or wood until the paint is just right! By adding silicone oil, this makes the paint bubble creating ‘cells’ which show the colors underneath each other for a more unique look. Another method I use is palette knife art where I use only a flat edged palette knife to create an abstract effect. This method is not as blended as fluid art. It leaves an abstract feel with distinct color schemes.

I add my own spin to these abstract methods by attaching wooden shapes to the canvas or wood. I also paint these using fluid art methods and then attach them to add a juxtaposition of color. I love having a canvas with dark colors swirled around it and then adding a bright orange bear to it to create a completely different look and feel. I love the unexpected with my work!

I create pieces for sale as seen here but I also accept commissions for custom work! You can email me at icanpaintthat.letmeshowyou@gmail.com or follow me on instagram at @icanpaintthat_bykatey .

Thank you for taking the time to view my creations!