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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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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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New Demo

Today I’ve been working on a demo for my next workshop in Wisconsin! I would love to have you join our group for four days of painting fun at the beautiful Dillman’s Bay Resort! I took these photos with my cell phone which doesn’t give the best color results, but not too bad, I guess! […]
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Painting receives award at RMNW Exhibition

I am very pleased to say my painting “Barn Door Whimsy” received the Painted Toe Society Award for this years Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition! Following is an except from Foothills Art Center, the host for this annual event: “RMNW is proud to present the 41st Annual Exhibition. Juror, Linda Doll, selected 68 works of […]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pennsylvania Idyll a new painting from small study

Below is my latest large 18×24 Original Watercolor Painting I call Pennsylvania Idyll. I have included photos of it’s evolution for those who may be interested. Inspiration is the all important catalyst for any painting and that was not hard to come by when we traveled through the lush Pennsylvania country side as one idyllic […]
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Laurel Mountain Highlands Barn Study

The Laurel Mountain Highlands area in Pennsylvania is so beautiful and picturesque and I loved every minute of our time there. Some of the small villages in the area are Somerset, Mount Pleasant and Donegal. Below is a new watercolor study of one of the many different and unique barns that dot the countryside.
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Home now and thinking about new paintings!

It seems like only yesterday we arrived home having completed our 2 month long Florida Coast journey. It always takes me awhile to get back into the routine of being home after having been gone for so long. But I’m now feeling inspired to begin new watercolor studies some of which may become major paintings. […]
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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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American Watercolor Society Announces 2011 Exhibitors

AWS was founded in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America. Each year the Society holds a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists throughout the world. The society’s exhibitors list is now posted on the American Watercolor Society website. For me to find that another of my paintings was chosen again this […]
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Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010

A Farmhouse I Saw in Virginia was chosen for inclusion in the Kansas Watercolor Society’s 2010 National Exhibition. The show will be held at the Wichita Center for the Arts October 9th – January 2nd 2011. I am especially thrilled to say that this painting was also chosen for publication in the new Splash 12 […]
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