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Book deadline met

I felt such a sense of satisfaction when I finally had Chapters One and Two of my new book on its way to my editor, Vanessa Wieland, who has been such a big help to me. Since I’d never written a book before I knew it was going to be an exciting new challenge and […]
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Watercolor Workshop scheduled near Boston

Boston is an area I have not had the pleasure to visit yet, so I’m very pleased and excited to be going to nearby Newton, Massachusetts to present a workshop! The Newton Watercolor Society has invited me to come next March and I’d be thrilled to have you join me there for 3 days of […]
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Texas Workshop Scheduled

TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. I teach simple methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You learn […]
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Florida Workshop Scheduled

TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR Workshop emphasis is on techniques and strategies for transforming ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor; scenes that reach out and connect with viewers. I teach simple methods that appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration and insights into new ways of thinking. You learn […]
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North Light extends invitation to author a book

North Light Books and F&W Media recently invited me to author a book about the beautiful places I paint in watercolor! It is tentatively scheduled for publication late 2013 and is something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time. It’s a dream come true for me and one I want to share with everyone. […]
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Workshop fun!

I just got back from presenting a watercolor workshop for a very talented group of artists from the Watercolor East Texas group. My first stop was the Cole Art Center where I had the privilege of juroring their annual exhibition followed by the most delicious get-acquainted lunch at Shelley’s Bakery and Cafe. The next three […]
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Watercolor Workshop in Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches,  Texas is a place I’ve always wanted to visit and I’m excited to say I’m  finally going! We leave today and I’ll be there through the 31st to jury the annual  exhibition for the Watercolor East Texas group at the Cole Art Center followed by a three day watercolor workshop I’ll conduct at the […]
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Painting chosen for International Exhibition

I’m very pleased to say “Peonies I Saw in Pennsylvania” was chosen for inclusion in the 112th International Exhibition of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society jurored by world renowned artist, Frank Webb. Maybe it‘s one of my favorite paintings because it reminds me of a time we spent traveling the countryside there several years ago. I […]
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Watercolor Workshop in Pennsylvania

I’m just now back after a month spent traveling through the inspiring landscapes of Lancaster and Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Before coming home we stopped to conduct a watercolor workshop at the Stone Ridge Farm and Country Inn in Perkasie. I met there with a wonderful group of artists to paint in an old, light filled […]
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Pennsylvania here we come!

I’m teaching a week long watercolor workshop July 9-13 at the beautiful and historic Stone Ridge Farm Country Inn and Art Workshop Retreat located in Bucks County, PA. We are leaving early so we can spend time exploring the area looking for beautiful places to paint. I have a feeling those places won’t be hard […]
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Come see me on Facebook

I’ve been ask many times if I have a Facebook page and up until now the answer has always been no, but now I can gladly say yes! I’m excited about it because I think it will open up new ways for me to meet with those who are passionate about and love art, painting […]
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Sassie helps out

Sassie is always ready to head out with us across the landscape in search of beautiful places to paint. She loves to poke her head out the car window and seems to say “get ready, great shot coming up!” A couple of years ago we woke up to a snowy landscape which is very rare […]
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Country depot inspires new painting

When we travel  small towns and country roads across America I gather so much information that it’s often hard to decide what I want to paint next. But when I start browsing through my digital libraries and thumbing through all my sketches it doesn’t take long before something catches my eye and triggers memories from […]
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I found it in Waldport, Oregon

What did I find? I found paradise all wrapped up in a sun drenched day! That was back in 2008 when we traveled down the Oregon Coast and stopped to spend a few days in Waldport, a charming village by the sea. We followed a rough country road that led off in the direction of […]
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Watercolor Workshop for Texas Watercolor Society

I’ve just returned from presenting a watercolor workshop in San Antonio for the Texas Watercolor Society. It was an absolutely wonderful 3 days spent with the most delightful and talented group of artists I have had the good fortune to be with. When I’m able to spend quality time with fellow artists I always feel […]
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American Watercolor Society Signature Status received

I just received notice  that for the third year running one of my paintings was chosen for inclusion into the 145th American Watercolor Society International Exhibition. I am especially thrilled because it has also earned me Signature Status into this very prestigious Watercolor Society. I am honored to be in the company of some of the […]
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Splash 13 Watercolor Book features painting

I thrilled that one of my paintings was selected for inclusion in another one of the Splash Series Books. The book has not yet been released but may be pre-ordered. Following is an except about the new book. “The Splash 13 showcases the finest watercolor paintings being created today. Readers gain insight into methods of the […]
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Rural Rhythm in Virginia

I am drawn to open fields and the way planted rows curve away into the landscape. I’ve now painted several field paintings that were inspired while traveling through the open countryside. As you can see from my photo below I deviated quite a bit from the original scene. I was very attracted to was the […]
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Art Journey America Landscapes Book

I am thrilled and honored to have been invited by North Light Books to participate in an exquisite new book called Art Journey America Landscapes. It may be pre-ordered now and will be on book shelves by the end of December. It is an absolutely stunning collection of beautiful paintings. Following is what author Kathryn Kipp says about the […]
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Fresh off the easel

I just finished my latest painting and the paint is barely dry. I’ve included the photo of the scene that inspired the painting and as usually I made lots of changes in order to achieve a more dramatic statement. I caught the scene from our car window as we sped down the highway on a […]
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Painting Mendocino, California

A 2008 road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway took us through scenic Mendocino, California. I fell in love with the quaint architecture of this small coastal village that sat at the edge of the sea. This scene was the subject of a demonstration painting I did for the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor […]
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Pennsylvania Peonies inspires painting

In 2009 while traveling through beautiful Pennsylvania I was able to collect lots of information for paintings. Following is a scene I’ve wanted to paint for quite some time. I hope you will enjoy my interpretation of a scene that seemed quite ordinary at first, but the old red house and pink peonies soon became […]
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Gallery Talk and Demonstration at Baylor

The American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition will be on display at the Martin Museum of Art Baylor University in Waco, Texas July 5th – August 13th. An except from the Museum Catalog follows: “The American Watercolor Society traveling exhibition, selected from the original New York exhibition, consists of forty paintings executed by artists internationally. Joyce […]
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