My name is Steph Hicks and I'm an artist based at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire. An ideal day is spent foraging in the woods - cooking most of what I find and drawing the rest. I use pen and ink illustrations to highlight the beauty of all the plants, fungi and creatures that can be found on our doorstep. I use my art to share the joys of nature and the great outdoors.
My illustrations are intricate, colourful and playful renditions of wild fungi, plants and animals that can be found around South Oxfordshire. The exhibition will consist of some bold statement pieces, alongside smaller delicate pieces of work. I label the more obscure fungi and plants so you can share my enjoyment of their quirky names and learn more about them if you wish. I hope that this exhibition will inspire people of all ages to spend time enjoying and protecting our beautiful countryside.
If you would like to take a look at some of my work before visiting the exhibition then follow me on Instagram (@drawntothewilduk) or take a look in my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/uk/shop/drawntothewilduk).
Looking forward to meeting you!
If you'd like a short introduction, my name is Steph and I get over-excited by fungi. If you'd prefer to learn a bit more about me and how my art came about then read on....
I've loved drawing, painting, crafting and creating since I was a child but it took a global pandemic for me to finally get back in touch with this long-lost hobby. Until a few months ago I was working hard on finishing my training as a Clinical Psychologist. I was loving it, but had very little time for anything other than learning. In October I finally qualified and now have the privilege of working with teenagers when they are feeling at their worst. The only downside of finishing off my training was being left wondering what to do with all the time I now had on my hands.
A close friend of mine can take all the credit for suggesting that I try painting the fungi which I spend hours looking for in the woods. The realisation that I could combine my love of foraging with my creative streak was the spark that got me drawing again. A few weeks down the line I decided to start sharing my work and so 'Drawn to the Wild' was born.
My latest work has come from me wanting to get back into the hobbies that had fallen by the wayside whilst I was training. It's a way of getting my creative juices flowing again and further justifying the hours I spend wandering in the woods. I have always been drawn to the beauty of the wild and I love being able to engage with this through my illustrations.
It's still very early days in my adventure back to the art world. I hope you like my work and would love to hear your comments.