Remember this name: Ron Hicks. This middle-aged artist grew up in Ohio and attended classes at the Columbus College of Art and Design on scholarship. Eventually he moved West and graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art and also worked as a freelance illustrator for a while. I am smitten with his beautifully impressionist and emotionally charged paintings - the figures, the interiors, the shapes, the muted pallette, the moody atmospheric tone... The layers of emotion unravelled by brushstrokes make me wonder what's the story behind the painting.