Originally created 09/11/05

Woman's travels inspire the decor



An artist can't be separated from her work, and at the home of Marietta Betty Mayes-Hicklin and James Hicklin, art is everywhere.

Mrs. Mayes-Hicklin, a retired art teacher, has infused her ranch-style house in Walton Acres with artifacts from her two trips to Africa and the paintings those travels inspired her to create.

"My idea for the house was I needed wall space," said Mrs. Mayes-Hicklin. "It was open originally, but I told them 'Give me height instead.' We ended up filling in a lot of spaces."

What resulted is a gallery feel to the home, which boasts original paintings and woodcuts from an artist who has been honing her craft for more than 40 years.

Neutral walls pop with the addition of brightly colored canvases depicting warriors, princesses and crafters, while hardwood floors lead to rows of portraits.

Aside from the artwork, Mrs. Mayes-Hicklin's collection of dolls and china sets carry other rooms

Crediting his wife with most of the work, Mr. Hicklin said he's pleased with how things have come together for the couple, who left a home in New Jersey for the quiet expanse of their Hephzibah neighborhood.

"This was her dream," he said. "It turned out really nice."

AT HOME WITHTHE FAMILY: Marietta Betty Mayes-Hicklin, a retired art teacher and artist, and her husband, James Hicklin



THE HOME: Two-bedroom, 2,800-square-foot ranch-style home with art studio, office and parlor in Hephzibah's Walton Acres



IT's A FACT: After traveling to West Africa on an art safari, Mrs. Mayes-Hicklin used her sketchbook to make drawings, many of which decorate her home.



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