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Happy New Year!

Looking back over photos of a time spent traveling with my husband aboard our 40′ home on wheels reignited wonderful memories. We lived and traveled like a couple of vagabonds for about 5 years after we retired in 1998. I saw beauty I never imagined and It was the intensity of the feelings it inspired […]
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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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Cornwall, WOW!

OHMYGOSH! It seems like only yesterday that I was sending out a newsletter telling everyone about my upcoming workshop to Cornwall, England and now I’m home already! I arrived back in the USA on the 29th of July after spending 7 glorious days exploring, sketching, photographing, painting, making new friends, enjoying delicious food and soaking […]
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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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Merry Christmas Everyone!

Hi everyone! This past year has been wonderful with a full calendar of  workshops, successful DVD and Book sales along with the launch of my new website, JHFA Shop and Facebook! I’m thrilled to have made so many new friends from all over the world and sincerely appreciate these blessings because I know that none […]
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California artists share semi-private workshop!

I cannot adequately express my pleasure at having these two artists come spend a week painting with me. Having this kind of intense, one-on-one interaction is a great way to accelerate artistic growth. It allows me to share so much of what I have learned about transforming the landscape. Hey, Cathy and Carol! Thank you […]
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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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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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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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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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Workshop fun in Melbourne, FL

I just spent four exciting days painting with members of the Brevard Watercolor Society in Melbourne, FL. Everyone was totally engaged and open to all I had to share and before I knew it was time to say goodby. I am blessed to be able to share my art and always come away from these encounters feeling […]
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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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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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