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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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Hello Cloudcroft, NM

Hello everyone from our Cloudcroft, NM workshop! I hope you’re reading this because I want to thank each of you again for making our workshop great! You welcomed me with open arms and your passion and enthusiasm was a wonderful thing to see. I’m thrilled that you have invited me to come back next year […]
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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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Join me for another free Online Webinar Event!

JOIN MY FREE WEBINAR! I’ve been invited to present another webinar for ARTISTS NETWORK! The first one was so much fun with over 1500 registering for this event. I enjoyed every moment of it because it gave me a chance to visit with those who love watercolor painting just as much as I do! Click […]
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Dillman’s Creative Art Workshop

Dillman’s Bay Resort in the gorgeous North Woods of Wisconsin has been hosting their Creative Art Workshops for the past 30 years and have become experts at making your experience there unforgettable! This was my second year at Dillman’s and I spent 4 wonderful days with another group of very talented artists who were so […]
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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 for inviting me to VA!

The Shenandoah Arts Council in Winchester, VA recently sponsored a 4-day watercolor workshop for me, and what a wonderful experience it was! I always come away from my workshops enriched and renewed from the privilege of spending time with talented artists who share my love and passion for art. Following are some thoughtful comments left […]
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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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Second Little Art Book now available for purchase!

Key Steps for Transforming the Landscape is the latest in a growing series of Little Art Books by Joyce Hicks. This one focuses on important concepts that must be considered if your wish is to transform ordinary landscape scenes into beautiful paintings. It highlights the artists national and international workshop teachings and is the perfect […]
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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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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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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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Book release date has changed

I just found out my books release date will be moved up in 2014 to the first week of May! Its cover painting has been chosen and I’m now in the process of making my first author’s review. I received the first black and white printouts of the pages as they will actually be laid […]
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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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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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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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