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American Watercolor Society chooses painting!

I am beyond happy that another painting has been chosen for inclusion in the prestigious American Watercolor Society 149th International Exhibition! 150 paintings were selected from nearly 1200 entries! I am pleased and honored to have my work represented with fine artists from all over the world! The paintings will be hung at the Salmagundi […]
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Yesterday I decided to…..

Yesterday I decided to revisit one of my small paintings by painting it again! I really enjoy doing this because I’m always more comfortable the second time around and able to address my subject in a more relaxed way! But, of course, this is true for most endeavors we choose to tackle. I’ll often repeat […]
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I am honored!

Painting of Pennsylvania farm wins the Howard Slater Memorial Award at the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors in Old Forge, New York! I am thrilled to have a place in this prestigious show! Exhibition runs August 7 through October 4, 2015.
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Watercolor Workshop in Wisconsin

I had a wonderful week painting with my new friends at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin! I always come away from these encounters feeling enriched and so blessed to be able to spend time in such beautiful places with those who love to paint as much as I do!! I’ll be returning next May for […]
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New Demo Study

Another demo study for my upcoming workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort in the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin! I experimented with some really bright color for the look and feel of Spring when the first flush of emerald green makes a show ! Lets meet and paint together May 17-20. www.dillmans.com www.jhicksfineart.com/workshops/workshop-calendar  
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Thank You Sale!

Thank you so much for your very positive response to my “thank you” sale given in appreciation for your patience while my website was down for upgrades and enhancements! As a way on saying thank you once again I’m extending it thru Aug 15th 2014! Just type in the code “summer” when you check out […]
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Painting jurored into Rocky Mountain National Exhibition

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia show jurors painting “Barn Door Whimsy” into Exhibition! As you can see from the photo of the scene that inspired the painting someone painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the weathered facade of the old […]
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Hilltop Homestead DVD now available!

I’m excited to announce my new DVD! In this one I demonstrate how to change”things” into simple landscape symbols! It’s easier than you may think to transform ordinary scenes into beautiful paintings once you learn the simple steps for doing so! We all know that watercolor can be a difficult medium to master, but it […]
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Workshop demo becomes large painting

Someone had painted the old barn door a beautiful shade of blue and I thought the choice added the perfect touch of whimsy to the facade of the old weathered barn. Since this fanciful accent is what first caught my eye it would be what my painting was about. As you can see I have […]
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Pennsylvania farm inspires another painting

Following is a scene I discovered a couple of years ago while in Pennsylvania giving a workshop. With a few days to spare before the workshop started we explored the country roads and farmlands around Lancaster. I’ve wanted to commit this particular scene to paper for some time and am happy to have finally been […]
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St Augustine inspires painting

Following is a photo of a homey scene I came upon as we traveled through St. Augustine, Florida. An ordinary subject to say the least, but I knew the feeling of life the drying laundry gave and the commanding vertical presence of the white house would be more than enough to build a painting around.  […]
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New Painting

One of my New Years resolutions was to paint as much as possible before my first 2014 Workshop. Once my workshops begin I’m away from home most every month and not a lot of time is left over for my studio work. I just finished Red Shutters 18×24 which I originally painted last year as […]
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Hello Montana!

My flight back to Texas Friday afternoon was peaceful and relaxed giving me time to reflect back on the 4 wonderful days I spent with you. You came from near and far and even though we were not all acquainted we clicked from the start and it wasn’t long before we felt we had known […]
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Cripple Creek color study

Doing small 9×12 color studies like this one helps me plan color and tonal value before actually committing to a large scale painting and is critical to ones goal of creating quality art of any kind. Doing the necessary preliminary work acquaints me with my subject and allows me to work out potential problems beforehand. […]
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Cripple Creek inspiration

Using my personal process to develop a scene I found in Cripple Creek, CO. I find I am most always attracted to strong geometric shapes set into soft organic ones and this subject did it for me. Over time I’ve learned to reserve only the elements I feel importand to my theme and delete those […]
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Green Mountain Falls and Cripple Creek

We had a great drive up to Green Mountain Falls and Cripple Creek, CO. Green Mountain Falls has a charming town park with a little cafe that has been there for over 40 years. Nothing on the menu is low cal but the food is homemade, home baked and sooo delicious. We spent a couple […]
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Made it to Colorado

Hi everyone! It’s been a rather hectic start but I think we are finally settled in and are looking forward to our first scenic drive for photos. Coming across New Mexico we encountered high winds that took the top of our antenna off and then the altitude started playing havoc with our generator. We have […]
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Colorado Road Trip

Tomorrow morning we will be on our way to Colorado searching for renewed inspiration and material for new paintings. We’ll be trying out our recently purchased Travel Van for the first time. We just got it and intend to use it specifically for this purpose. We have had all kinds of RVs in the past, […]
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Home after Wisconsin workshop

I just returned from Lac Du Flambeau (means Lake of the Torches) Where I gave a 4-day watercolor workshop at Dillman’s Bay Resort in Wisconsin. What a beautiful, inspirational, peaceful place to rest, relax and paint! Sue and Dennis, the owners, have been hosting art retreats for more than 30 years and really know how […]
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I love Boston!

I had the best time in Boston painting with the Newton Watercolor Society! I came away from the experience with new friendships and wonderful memories. It had been snowing for several days when we arrived leaving a soft, blanket covering most everything. That was a real visual treat for me since that’s something we don’t […]
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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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Season’s Greetings

Hello everyone, One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is having an opportunity to express my appreciation! Thank you for sharing my journey, participated in my workshops and collecting and following my work. I am sending each of you my heartfelt Best Wishes for joy, love and laughter now and throughout the coming […]
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Paintings chosen for Tom Hoffmans New book

Tom Hoffmann just sent me a copy of his beautiful new book Watercolor Painting, a Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium. Thank you Tom!!! The following excerpt was taken from the jackets front flap. “Hoffman’s thorough explanations and step-by-step demonstrations delineates the process of composing and painting in watercolor, while art from more than thirty-five […]
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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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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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