Native South Carolinian Sylvester Hickmon,Jr. became interested in art at an early age. He can remember drawing on the ground as a child, and later spending every moment he could in the art room during his high school years. He received his formal art training at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg,South Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Art Education. For the past 13 years, he's taught art on the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. He also teaches colored pencil classes at the Sumter Gallery of Art and conducts workshops on drawing with colored pencils.
Hickmon is a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America , the Sumter Artists Guild and the Sumter Gallery of Art Board of Directors.
He has worked in oils,acrylics and relief printing,but for the past 11 years has worked exclusively in colored pencil. "I came across colored pencils in 1990 and decided to give them a try. I've been hooked ever since. It's now my medium of choice because it lends itself well to realism. I love the control and detail of drawing combined with the expressiveness of painting with color."
Hickmon's work is characterized by his rich,vibrant use of color,light and shadow. "I use burnishing and sgraffito techniques to build layers of color for my composittions which mostly depict figurative and still lifes scenes created in a realistic style."
"One of my goals as an artist is to create works that evoke both a smile and a sense of familiarity to the viewer. I want my work to touch people of all ages and backgrounds so that they can relate to the work regardless of subject matter."
Hickmon has exhibited throughout the United States, and his works can be found in many private collections. He has received numerous regional awards and national recognition for his colored pencil art which has been featured in THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE and THE BEST OF COLORED PENCIL 5.
He is the co-author of the colored pencil instruction book "COLORED PENCIL STEP BY STEP." He currently lives and teaches elementary art (K-5) in Sumter,South Carolina with his wife Evette and daughter Stephanie.