Resume for Sharla R. Hicks

Who is Sharla R. Hicks?

1996 to present: Sharla is the master mind behind the Soft Expressions Website, owner of the mail order company Soft Expressions, and the Editor of the online Expressive Quilters Newsletter.


  • 2015: 2 week self-directed Art Retreat in the Luberon Valley of France (the Provence area)
  • 2014: Art Quilt Tahoe studied under Jane Dunnewold: Improvisational Design for Digital Printing
  • 2013: June returned to Certified Zentangle Training this time in Providence, Rhode Island with founders and developers of the Zentangle concept, Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts.
  • 2013: Road to California: studied under Katie Pasquini: Painted, Stitched Canvas    
  • 2010 to present: Printmaking and the Monoprints at Santiago Canyon College.
  • 2013: Mixed Media workshop with Andrea Matus deMeng
  • 2013: Dreamweaver Stencil Creativity Certification
  • 2012: Mixed Media and Assemblage workshops with Richard Fruend
  • 2012: January completed beginner & intermediate Copic Designer training
  • 2011: February trained to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in Whitinsville, MA with founders and developers of the Zentangle concept, Marie Thomas and Rick Roberts.
  • 2010: Stewart Gil Creativity Consultant Training and received a London City Guilds Certification for the course.
  • 2009: Mixed media exploration course at the Santiago Canyon College.
  • 2000: Mendicino Art Retreat: Exploring surface design, printmaking and mixed media on fabric.
  • 1997 to present: Continuing education workshops and retreats in art, fabric dyeing and screen printing, and painting mediums from local, national and international instructors to expand her education on using art materials on fabric.
  • 1996: 2 week Art Retreat on the Greek Isle of Santorini under the tutelage of Linda Jacobsen, a teacher who explores Art and Spirit: Expression, Awareness and Transformation through Art.
  • 1987-95 Fullerton College, Associate Degree in Art
  • 1993: UCLA, six month extension course, Art as Transformation
  • 1985-86: College of the Canyons, California State University, Fullerton, emphasis general education and psychology
  • 1982: Certified machine embroidery instructor with Sew-Art International
  • 1978-81: University of Utah, emphasis psychology and sociology earning Therapeutic Recreation Technician License with State of Utah.

Special Projects

  • 2015: Invited to Tangle U as a continuing education instructor of Certified Zentangle Teachers.
  • 2013 to Present: Zentangle Inspired Art Work selected for publication by invitation the following books, Beauty of Zentangle, The: Inspirational Examples from 137 Tangle Artists Worldwide by Suzanne McNeill CZT and Cindy Shepard CZT, 500 Tangled Artworks: A Showcase of Inspired Illustrated Designs by Beckah Krahula and Tangle Journey: Exploring the Far Reaches of Tangle Drawing, from simple from simple strokes to color and mixed media.
  • 2004 to present: Curator & Exhibit Co-ordinator of Soft Expressions Upstairs Quilt Gallery
  • 1992 House of Hope, coordinated and directed completion of 55 twin size quilts and 30 baby quilts for homeless women and children center
  • 1994-95 Computer Quilting Exhibition for Laguna Art Museum held in conjunction with Amish Quilt Exhibition, "Lit from Within, Amish Quilts of Lancaster County." Developed an informational computer slide show that highlighted the style differences between Midwest and Lancaster Amish Quilts and American quilts of the same period. Set up 3 additional computers with quilting software and instruction manuals
  • 1994-95 Organized the first juried and judged Southern California Regional Quilt Show, Crossroads
  • 1995-2000 Owner of the Internet Website and Mail Order Business, Computer Quilting Made Easy at Soft Expressions.
  • 1996, 1997, 1998 Crossroads Hands-on Computer Quilting Special Exhibit with 7-9 computers and 21-35 lab techs trained by Sharla Hicks
  • 1996-1997 authored 5 books in a series called Computer Quilting Made Easy
  • 1998 Layout Chairman for Flying Geese Quilt Show, Quilters' Passion: Color, Design & Fabric
  • 1998 to Present Website development and Webmaster for Flying Geese Quilters Guild and Computer Quilting Made Easy at Soft Expressions.
  • 2001- 2006 Taught online classes for Quilt University
Flying Geelse Quilt Guild Developed and Maintained Flying Geese Quilters Guild Website:
As a member of the Flying Geese, Sharla developed the first website for the guild. After 3 years, she turned that job back to the guild to give others a chance to be webmaster.

Quilt & Zentangle Exhibits and Awards

  • Awards: 1990, 3rd, Ruel’s Kaleidoscope Schweinfurth Art Museum, Auburn NY and in 1991, 3rd, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX. 1992, The Power of Freedom, Fairfield Award for Best Machine Quilting, Freedom of the Nations Contest, also published in Quilting Today, June 1992. 1994, I Love Chartreuse, 2nd Orange County Fair. 1994, Adam’s Outer Realm, Judges Choice, From Our Hearts and by Our Hands, Flying Geese Quilt Show. 1995, Honorable Mention, Chinese Red, National Quilting Association. 2nd Viewer’s Choice, Delta Quilters Quilt Show. 1996 Best Machine Quilting Award, Crossroads: Exploring Quilt Frontiers. 2009 1st place in Mixed Media division of the Student Art show at Rancho Santiago College.
  • Invitational Exhibits: 1984, American Quilt Museum, San Jose, CA. 1992 West Coast Quilters Conference, Sacramento, CA. 1993, Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA (5 woman show). 1994, Quilt Show of Glendale Quilter’s Guild, Burbank, CA. 1994-95, Laguna Art Museum, Computer Quilting Exhibit with informational computer slide display. 1995, Computer Quilting Exhibit for Delta Quilters Quilt Show. 1996, Quilt Show for South Bay Quilters Guild.
  • Exhibited Nationally: 1990 juried, Schwienfurth Art Museum, Auburn, NY. 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995 juried, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX. 1992 juried, Pacific International, San Francisco, CA. 1991, 1993, 1996 juried, American Quilter Society, Paducah, KY. 1995, National Quilting Association, Riverside, CA.
  • Exhibited in California: 1985, Antelope Valley Quilters Guild Annual Show, 1992, 1994, From our Hearts and by Our Hands. 1993, juried, La Sierra University, and Muckenthaler Center. 1994, Orange County Fair, Quilt show of Glendale Quilt Guild, and Cotton Patch, La Fayette, CA. 1995, Natural Impressions II, juried, Santa Barbara, CA, 1995 Delta Quilter’s Quilt Show. 1996, Crossroads, Ontario CA. 2009 Student Art Show at Rancho Santiago College
  • Exhibited in Soft Expressions Upstairs Gallery: 1996, 2003, 2013 Curated and Exhibited in Pen = Ink = Zentangle for Tangled Expressions Group

Quilts Published in:

  • Who's Who in American Quilting, Sharla is Listed in First Edition: 1996
  • Quilt Book: Patchwork Persuasions by Joen Wolfrom
  • Quilting Today Magazine