Gina Bickish
Professional Artist Biography

Pastel and acrylic artist Gina Bickish is a Florida native. This fact is visible in her natural Florida-themed fine art. Bickish uses pastels on colored paper and wet-on-wet acrylics to depict the bright colors of Florida land- and seascapes, as well as florals and other natural works. A prolific and award- winning artist, Bickish has been inspired by and taken classes with the well-known "Florida Highwaymen" artist, R.L. Lewis.

In both of her media of choice, Bickish combines bright colors with an "alla prima" technique (using little in the way of preliminary sketches and color underpainting) in her work. A typical Bickish pastel work will use the paper color and paper texture as part of the thematic signature of a painting. Her method allows for an efficient and sure composition, with very few—if any--preliminary sketches and much less color layering than traditional pastel. Bickish uses a similar method with acrylics, layering the composition over a colorful background (which shows through much of the painting) with little in the way of sketching.

Bickish depicts scenes of her native Florida, as well as areas of the South and Mid-Atlantic where she has lived and visited. She depicts native flora and fauna (as well as garden plants), having spent most of her life in the country, pursuing her hobbies of identifying plants and observing wild animals. "In my childhood, I spent a lot of time in the woods, fields, and creeks surrounding my home and relatives' homes. Adults took the time to point out the little seasonal flowers, the fossils in the rocks, the raccoon and deer tracks. What a gift! The most enjoyable thing about being an artist is getting to go out and find the same kinds of things now. Who else gets to study clouds and bears both?" she relates.

"I appreciate pastels for many reasons,” says Bickish. "One thing that few people realize is that they last for hundreds of years when archivally framed and protected from sunlight. Because there are few binders and the sticks are mostly pigment, the work will not turn color, as long as it is painted on archival paper.” Bickish makes a concerted effort to use the most lightfast pigments available. She explains, "I like the directness of the medium, juxtaposed with the soft effects they give. They provide accuracy in execution while conveying a variety of emotions."

Bickish began working in acrylics more recently through her studies with Mr. Lewis. "Acrylics allow such a wide range of effects. Painting with them is like play for me...the wetter, the better! I even get to use my fingers sometimes," she enthuses.

Bickish's work evokes many moods, whether mysterious, peaceful, fiery, or even whimsical. However, one thread is common to all of them. "The creation around us provides a never-ending supply of joy," Bickish points out.

Bickish began her fine art education with private lessons from Mary Ann Kephart, M.F.A. She also studied art and art history at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Currently, she attends demonstrations and classes by Mr. Lewis on an ongoing basis. Combining her formal training with many other influences over the years, Bickish has created her own style of impressionism. She has won several best in show awards.

"For me, Bickish's work casts a mood that reminds me of the many tropical days I enjoyed growing up in South Florida. I personally find the work moving, and her work increasingly seems to connect with our collectors," says Andrew Hyder, Curator, Hyder Gallery Center for Fine Art, Orlando, Florida.

Bickish is currently expanding her gallery representation throughout Florida and the United States.
Ancient Oak Silhouette

Beach Spray On The Rocks

Alligator In The Grass

Beach Chairs

Florida Autumn Afternoon

Daytime Moon

Peace Roses In Bloom

Blue Dusk At Destin Pass

Firesky Evening

Peace Roses In Bud

Moonrise Over St. John<(1)>s River Bridge, DeLand

Fire Sunset With Sea Oats

Beach Palms At Sunset In Red

East Pass At Destin

Cotton Candy Beach Sunset

Heading Home

Ancient Live Oak Under A Full Moon

Fishing Destin Jetty

Destin Pass Fisherman

Three Palms At Moonrise

Fire Sky At The Pass

Safe Landing

Full Moon In The Swamp

Spanish Moss At Full Moon

View From Destin To Fort Walton

Salt Marsh Palms At Flagler

Sunset Treeline Silhouette

Europeana Roses In Glass Vase

Fiery Daylily

Moss-Covered Oak In Moonlight

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Where Are The Fishermen?

Old Boat House In The Cypress Swamp

Daytona From the South

Moonlit Trio at Steinhatchee

Fishing on the River Bend

Sea Oats

Crossed Palms at Sunset

Alligator at Day’s End

Restful Evening

Palm Island

Evening at the Cattle Ranch

River’s Edge

Dad’s Favorite Spot

Ancient Oak Silhouette
Painting: Pastel on acid-free paper

Old oak silhouetted against full moon on medium blue textured paper

This is an original work.
Height 4" x Width 6"
Year Produced: Unknown
Inventory ID GB_0027
Status: All Galleries


There is a plot of land in DeLand that has been mostly cleared of its majestic oaks, leaving just a few as silhouettes against the night sky. Spanish moss drips generously from their branches. This one might be at the end of its natural life, or it might burst out in leaves when warm weather returns. The mysterious beauty of this location at night inspired me to paint this series.

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