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Dottie Hicks is a native East Texan, born in the crossroad community of Tundra, Van Zandt County. She graduated from Canton High School, attended Tyler Jr. College, studied journalism at Eastfield Jr. College in Dallas where she was feature editor of the school’s magazine. Dottie holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Texas (where she outranked, chronologically speaking, most of her professors.) She is a perennial student and is currently engaged in the complicated course of learning HOW to use the computer.
She has enjoyed a myriad of vocations over the years; a published author of several religious-oriented articles; a former fashion model with the prestigious Kim Dawson Model Agency in Dallas; was actively involved in the formation of Channel 33 Christian television station in Dallas; as an actress she did T.V. commercials and worked in various Dallas based movies. (She was double and stand-in for Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie and Clyde”.)
Dottie’s writing portfolio includes: researching and completing a biography of an old-fashioned, turn-of-century preacher, Rev. A.C. Bates, for the minister’s descendants.. It is appropriately titled “Brimstone Bates”. Her screenplay “Solo of Love” was birthed at the University of Texas while studying screen writing. It grew from a one-act play to a full-blown manuscript and has been optioned by two film companies. Her historical novel “Harriet’s Journey” is fiction based on the life of Harriet Hastings, a Southerner living in southwest Missouri during the Civil War who is caught in the cross fire between Union and Confederate factors seeking to control the state. At war’s end she undertakes the most perilous journey of her life. Alone, except for her three young children and an aged black mammy, she journeys through the wilds of the Arkansas Ozarks in a converted cotton wagon drawn by two emaciated oxen in search of her husband who is “somewhere in East Texas”.
Dottie is a portrait artist. She calls herself a “Painter of People”. Self-taught, she has painted hundreds of oil portraits over the last several years. The paintings range from movie stars (she was commissioned to paint a full length western of the late Steve McQueen to hang over his fire place in Idaho.) to mansions, mongrel dogs to mules. They hang in homes from California to the Carolinas. She specializes in children and women’s portraits.
She readily admits, “My talent is a gifting from God, and I give Him the glory!
Dottie and her husband George live in Dallas, Texas.