Wilson Bickford Cause of Death: A Tribute to a Self-Taught Artist


Wilson Bickford, a self-taught artist, passed away on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 62 years old. His death was caused by complications from COVID-19 .

 A Passion for Art

Bickford began painting in his 30s and encouraged anyone to do the same. He started sharing his passion with others by teaching art, beginning with evening classes in his home while working at Gouverneur Talc Co. In 2002, he pursued his dream of teaching art full-time. With his accessible and encouraging manner and sharing what he liked to do with others, Bickford transformed the lives of countless students .


Bickford’s legacy lives on through his wife Glenda and daughter Amy Ordway. He motivated artists across the region to see that teaching and selling their work might lead to a career in the arts. By teaching them skills and assisting them in finding success in their work, he inspired every one of his students .


Wilson Bickford’s death is a great loss to the art community. His passion for art and teaching has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless students. He will be remembered as a self-taught artist who transformed the lives of many through his accessible and encouraging manner.

Doms Desk

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