About
Iím just a whimsical illustrator who just loves to create. My experience includes illustrating children's books and magazines, textbooks, greeting cards, education clip art, fine art, murals, storyboards, and much more.

Art is my passion, but I also love nature and science, collecting old books and toys, and inventing things

some random info...

I was born and raised in Arizona. (Meet my original character Gila Ben on my Arizona website for students and teachers.)
My great, great, great, great uncle, Joshua Pilcher, was a mountain man and other historical things.) See Smithsonian article.

Lots of other interesting family history... Puritans, Salem Witch Trial victims (supposedly),
Revolutionary War Soldiers, Union Civil War soldiers at Gettysburg and Shiloh, Spanish American, and World War II veterans as well. No artists before me that I know about though.
My Dream Projects.
Click here.
I was on Romper Room School twice. (More info here.) I met, shook hands and briefly chatted with Walt Disney at a chance encounter during Disneyland's
Tencennial when I was 7. 
FAQ's
How do I contact you?
How do I license your art or character designs for my product?
Have you won any awards?
Do you ever put new samples up on your site?
Where can I buy your books?
I want to be a freelance illustrator, can you offer any advice? 
I've written a children's book, can you illustrate it for me?
Are you the same Mark Hicks...
Do you have a blog?
Do you have a dream project?

How do I contact you?

Just click here.  Contact my lit agent here: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary

How do I license your art or character designs for my product?.

Click here. 

Have you won any awards?

A few. Click here to view some of them.

Do you ever put new samples up on your site?

Occasionally I'll post a new published piece or two. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous Internet users seem to think that just because artwork is online it is in the public domain and free for them to use as they like. This forces me to limit the amount of work I have online. However, it doesn't mean I don't have lots of illustration samples to show to prospective art buyers. Please contact me.

Where can I buy your books?

 
Click here to go to a page that lists many of my book titles with links to books available for purchase.

I want to be a freelance illustrator, can you offer any advice?

Yes, I can offer you some advice as well as words of encouragement.
Click here.

I've written a children's book, can you illustrate it for me?

Possibly. Depends on the terms. I prefer to work through an established publisher but I know that self-publishing is also a great option. Contact me.


Are you the same Mark Hicks...

 ...that authored books about fishing? No.

 
...the actor/stuntman? No. (Although I was on Romper Room School two times when I was five. Yes, that's right, I was of Romper Room School twice. But not because I failed class the first time. I was asked back to substitute for another child. See one of my Romper Room photos here.)

 
...the minister? OMG, heck no.     

Do you have a blog? 

Not anymore. To give me more time to create I now just post short tidbits on my Facebook page.

Do you have a dream project?

I actually have many... I would like to create more of my own books, do more paintings and sculptures, do a lot more art just for art's sake. I hope to have the means and support to some day create a non-profit organization providing free art supplies and materials to children and adults coping with challenging illnesses. (It's called Art Mends and here's the what I've got so far.)  I'd also would love to own a large track of picturesque Arizona land where I could create an artist ranch. A place with several individual studios and a main gallery. A place where emerging artists could come and stay for a few weeks to find inspiration and solitude. I would also like to have my very own studio/gallery/art shop. (Oh, to think what I could do if I could just find the time and resources to match my imagination.)


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