Robert Lee Hicks, Afghanistan Member Since May 2009 Artist Statement Robert is a soldier in the US Army and is deployed from the Georgia Coast to Afghanistan.
He's been drawing all his life and paints to celebrate his Geechee heritage. He has developed arthritis in his fingertips from pulling sections of bedsheets (his "canvases") over handmade stretchers, but the urge to paint is far stronger than the fleeting discomfort.
Robert is a quiet man, focused at all times. This comes from being a Marine for nine years, and now a soldier deployed overseas. Even without speaking, Robert is heard very loudly. By studying his paintings, a collector understands a very strong, simple man who, through his brush, speaks and makes a stand.
Robert's roots are deep in the sand of the Georgia Coast. Since his ancestors were brought to what is now the Golden Isles even before Georgia was a State, his family has lived, worked and praised the Lord. He has two daughters, Alexis Marie, age 13, who likes to draw, and 3-year-old Janya. His mother, Elder JoAnn Ross, is the lead singer for the Darien Shouters.