Aaron Pickens was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended Toledo School for the Arts between 2001 – 2007. In December of 2011, Aaron completed his BFA in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University and completed his MFA at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Aaron currently resides in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, and New Media at Indiana University Kokomo. Both his plein air paintings and toy still life paintings have been accepted into juried exhibitions throughout the United States.