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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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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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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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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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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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Old Colorado City Color

Following is just a sampling of some of the historic homes in Old Colorado Springs. Each time-worn charmer was so unique and colorfull it was like driving through one big flower garden.    
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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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New workshop scheduled in Montana!

I’m very excited to have just received an invitation from Southwest Montana Arts to present my “TRANSFORMING THE LANDSCAPE IN WATERCOLOR” workshop in September. Check out my Workshop Calendar page for dates and contact information. I’m hoping that this new location will make it possible for those who have missed previous workshops because of distance […]
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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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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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