Peter Hicks has achieved national and international status with his atmospheric and expressive paintings. The Esk Valley and the surrounding moorland have had a deep and lasting influence on his life and work.
Peter is aware that not everyone will feel an affinity with the way he sees and interprets the visual world. There are, however, enough of those who, seeing what he does, feel a strong pull towards his work, sensing a shared experience.
His youngest daughter Beverley says his paintings are not abstract but abstracted – that they are a metaphor for what he experiences in life. A painting becomes his as he makes choices that shape the way it looks. It becomes an amalgam of things seen, now and in the past; shot through with a way of perceiving that has evolved over many years. The image becomes as much about Peter, as it is concerned with things actually seen.