Richard P.D Hicks emigrated from England to Canada upon receiving a scholarship to study theology in Saskatoon. As an Anglican Priest, he served in the Canadian Army from 1942 until 1945. He began to explore his artistic talent around the 1940’s, which at that point he began a formal education in the fine arts. In 1961 he became the Anglican minister in Dorchester, and was elected into the Ontario Society of Painters in Watercolour. The featured painting, Edge of Oxford County, was created when Hicks could no longer paint outside due to poor health, and he had to create his paintings based on photographs. His favoured ‘non-green’ landscape is evident in this watercolour piece, as well as the symmetrical composition that is often found within English traditionalists. Hicks gained recognition in Canada, as well as in England where two of his works reside with the Lord Mayor of London, England and the Bishop of Canterbury.