J Hicks Fine Art   |   Original Paintings of Beautiful Places
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Happy New Year!

Looking back over photos of a time spent traveling with my husband aboard our 40′ home on wheels reignited wonderful memories. We lived and traveled like a couple of vagabonds for about 5 years after we retired in 1998. I saw beauty I never imagined and It was the intensity of the feelings it inspired […]
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California artists share semi-private workshop!

I cannot adequately express my pleasure at having these two artists come spend a week painting with me. Having this kind of intense, one-on-one interaction is a great way to accelerate artistic growth. It allows me to share so much of what I have learned about transforming the landscape. Hey, Cathy and Carol! Thank you […]
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I am thrilled!

I just found out my painting “A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia” was chosen and will now be eligible for one of Plein Air Salon’s big Awards at the 2015 Plein Air Convention in Monterey and Carmel, CA.
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Workshop fun in OR and CA!

Hi everyone! I had a wonderful trip home with plenty of time to reflect back on my time in beautiful Springfield, OR and Chico, CA. Each of you went out of your way to make me feel welcomed and your warmth and hospitality was a beautiful thing! I hope you came away from our time […]
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Two paintings receive Cash Awards

I was so pleased to find out that “Depot by the River” and “I Found it in Waldport” both received a cash award in International Exhibitions juried by Ratindra Das for Watercolor West and Jean Grastorf for the San Diego Watercolor Society.
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Montana I’m on my way!

Montana, I’m on my way and I can’t wait! Sunday morning I’ll be boarding a plane at DFW for a flight that takes me to Bozeman, Montana. I’m going to spend 4 wonderful days painting and sharing my simple methods for transforming the landscape with Southwest Montana Art Society. Montana, if you are reading this, […]
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Private instruction for California Artist

I recently had the pleasure of teaching a private, one-on-one watercolor workshop for talented California artist, Cynthia Sexton. She met with me in my home for 5 intensive days designed around her personal artistic goals. I always feel as if I come away from these encounters enriched in so many ways and my own personal […]
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Come paint with me!

Hi Everyone! I’ll be in Newton, MA for 3 days to conduct a watercolor workshop for the Newton Watercolor Society, March 21st-23rd. Come paint with me in a fun, fast-paced workshop where I’ll share my passion, motivate and teach my simple steps and techniques for transforming the landscape in watercolor. Spaces are limited but still […]
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Cheng-Khee Chee chooses painting for International Exhibition

I’m excited that my painting “Depot by the River,” chosen for the San Diego International Exhibition earlier this year, has also been juried into the Signature American Watercolor Exhibition at the Fallbrook Art Center. This juried exhibition is open to artists holding Signature Membership status in one or more watermedia societies and is held in […]
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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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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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Coastal scene inspires new watercolor painting

This new 18×24 painting is from a road trip we took down Highway One along the Pacific Coast Highway. We stopped for lunch in the small coastal village of Elk, California and I spotted this quaint seaside cottage. I couldn’t resist stopping to photograph and sketch my impressions and the following  is my interpretation of […]
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Cambria California Farm Inspires New Painting

In 2008 we traveled down the Pacific Coast Highway visiting many coastal villages along the way. In Cambria, California we took a drive out Santa Rosa Creek Road where I found this lovely old farm sitting before a vineyard. I’ve included some images of the work in progress and hope you will enjoy my interpretation […]
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Painting Chosen for Magazine Cover

Just found out and I’m thrilled! My painting Out Santa Rosa Creek Road will be on the cover of the April/May 2011 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine. There will also be a full length feature story about my work inside. Visit my Blog to read more about the inspiration for this painting and the day […]
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