MARK A. HICKS TRADEMARK
Mark A. Hicks,  artist & illustrator

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About
I just love to create. I have many, many years of professional artistic experience that includes illustrating children's books, creating art for magazines, textbooks, greeting cards, education clip art, murals, storyboards, and much more.

Art is my passion, but I also enjoy nature and science, collecting old books and toys, inventing things and working on my personal charity Art Mends

some random info...

AZ Flag Thumb dream projects Roomer Room Disneyland 1965 Joshua Pilcher
I was born and raised in Arizona. (Meet my original character Gila Ben on my Arizona website for students and teachers.)

 

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. 
My great, great, great, great uncle, Joshua Pilcher, was a well-known mountain man and other historical things.(See Smithsonian article.

Lots of other interesting family history... Puritans, famous 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.

 

FAQ's
How do I contact you?
How do I license your art or character designs for my product?
Have you won any awards?
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?
Can I buy original art from books, etc.?

How do I contact you?

Just click here

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? 

Yes, go to CarefreeArtist.com

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 what I've done 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. (Oh, to think what I could do if I could just find the time and resources to match my imagination.)

Can I buy original art from your books, etc.?

Yes you can. Click here or go to view what is currently for sale. Be sure to check back often as I will be adding new art as time permits.


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