J Hicks Fine Art   |   Original Paintings of Beautiful Places
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Watercolor Book goes International!

I am so pleased that my book “Painting Beautiful Landscapes” has gone International! USA buyers may purchase at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and North Light Books. You may find it easily by searching my name! www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.northlightshop.com www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops
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Splash 15 available now!

I’m very pleased to see three of my paintings featured in the new Splash 15 Book as well as the previous Splash 12 and Splash 13 editions. These books highlight artists from all over the world, are gorgeous to look at and have become a series worth collecting! Read what author, Rachel Wolf, had to […]
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Oregon Workshop coming soon!

I hope you can come! Four Days June 2-5. Register now to paint with me for four days of workshop fun at the Emerald Art Center in Springfield, OR  June 2-5. For more information and prices click on the following link: www.emeraldartcenter.org/workshops.php See my 2014 Workshop Calendar at: www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops/workshop-calendar
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New Book now available for Pre-order!

Reserve your own copy now at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and North Light Books! My book covers a wide range of topics and reveals personal techniques for transforming the landscape with clear explanations and colorful demonstrations in one beautiful hardbound edition. Special Signed Editions of the book will also soon be available through this website’s SHOP. Following are some of […]
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Making beautiful memories at Rosemary Beach

The day after Christmas just us girls, Mom, Daughter and Granddaughter headed for Rosemary Beach, Florida to bring in the New Year. The boys opted out so they could stay home and watch all the Bowl games on TV together. We had a wonderful time with no specific agenda in mind other than making the […]
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Note Cards are back!

Note Cards are back and now available in my Shop! Each set includes Six Award Winning Paintings that have been beautifully reproduced on heavy, glossy card stock. A great gift  for a friend or yourself or frame them individually for a unique collection of mini prints. They are standard note card size and come tied with a pretty raffia bow. Like me […]
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New Watercolor Book cover is official

Hi everyone, I just received word that the cover for my new North Light Book is official! What do you think? It is due for release in May of 2014 and will be available for preorder long before at stores like Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and on my website too! You may also like my […]
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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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First instructional DVD to be released soon

So many ask me when and if I will ever make an instructional watercolor DVD. I am very excited to finally be able to say my first DVD is almost ready for release! Production is complete and all that remains now is making it available on my website for purchase. It’s almost 2 hours in length, time for me […]
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Good news to share!

I just signed with Art Licensing International, Inc, a major licensing company who will now act as my exclusive agent to represent my work! What does this mean? Well hopefully, it means my art will eventually be reproduced on various products throughout the retail industry. This could be anything from home décor, gifts, cards, prints, […]
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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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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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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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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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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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Time To Go Home

On the road since November 12th, but now it’s time to go home! We’ve had an absolutely wonderful time seeing some of the most incredible sites you can imagine. I’m so inspired to paint beautiful places and have lots of great new photographs, small sketches and studies to help me step back in time to […]
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A Buggy Ride Through Old Town

Saint Augustine is the oldest city in the United States so walking through it’s Old Town was like stepping back in time. We walked down cobbled streets at our own leisurely pace instead of taking one of the many guided tours. For a ways we were able to follow along behind a horse drawn carriage […]
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Tropical Captiva and Sanibel Island

Sanibel and Captiva are known for their great shelling, so I was looking forward to finding pretty new sea shells to add to my collection. Unfortunately the sea shores and beaches of this spectacular place are pretty much closed off to the public, are very crowded and require a fee to even step on to. […]
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Exploring Cedar Key

Exploring the little village of Cedar Key doesn’t take very long. The town is so small it doesn’t even have a stop light, but it‘s charm and natural beauty more than makes up for what it lacks in size. Larry picked out some island fruit for us and then we topped off a wonderful day […]
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