WANDA HICKMAN (1948 -2017)
Wanda Hickman was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She liked telling people that her art career began with coloring outside the lines and scribbling layers of colors on top of one another. Throughout her career as a military spouse and teacher, she maintained an interest in the arts through private study, classroom art development and mentoring children, and study at the Art Institute of Atlanta. When successful forays into the fiber arts and glassmaking fields left her with serious medical issues, Wanda turned to painting. At this point she had developed a strong appreciation of non-representational art. She had fallen hopelessly in love with intense color and texture. Discovering YUPO® synthetic paper and combining it with watercolors changed her life by allowing her to create pieces she called “chaotic”. The work reflected her past and her present, what had gone on around her and what was currently going on. And, sometimes, there was a bit of whimsy.
Wanda and her husband, Bill, were members of various Unitarian Universalist congregations around the country during their years moving with the U.S. Navy and most recently settled in Issaquah. Wanda joined East Shore Unitarian Church less than two years before her passing. One of the many reasons she loved this congregation was its support of local artists in its gallery.
For years, Wanda’s dream was to have a one-woman show of her work. We are profoundly thankful to the Gallery Team for offering us the chance to honor our wife, mother, and grandmother and finally fulfill that dream.
If you look closely, you can see that Wanda continued to color outside the lines throughout her artistic career.