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Praise For Nancy Hillis

You are an amazing woman and your sharing of art and the normal challenges of creation, lights the path for others. It often seems like the times I am in the worst cycle of self criticism are the times I receive one of your inspiring emails with messages guiding the way back to light. Learning to accept the struggle as an indication of growth. Now I have another of your quotes to keep: “A dead woman produces no books”. I think I will post a note to myself: “What amazing paintings are lost if you die before you create them”

Kathy Kimball

Studio Journey™ Alumnus

Nancy's strong belief in self trust has started to rub off on me. This has changed my work immeasurably. I feel I'm on an exciting path toward understanding more fully why the creative process is so essential in my life .

Eva Darrington

Nancy's workshop was phenomenol! I have always had a hard time getting started with a painting project as I would stare at the blank canvas. What will I paint? Will it look like what it should look like? These insecurities often led to passing up on the opportunity to paint for another day. What I've learned from Nancy's workshop is that I don't need to necessarily know what I want to paint. Simply activating the canvas makes starting much less intimidating. The abstract pieces I created in the workshop will serve as a reminder and inspiration to me that I can paint with confidence.

Julie Huang

Scientist, Stanford, CA

Praise For The Artist’s Journey Course

Teresa has experienced a turning point in her art

“The Artist’s Journey” after 50 years of painting, was the turning point in my work, I have never felt such enthusiasm with my work. 

Thank you Nancy for your truly enlightening words and videos, every artist whether debutante or established should know about your teachings.

Teresa Pisani, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Teresa Pisani

The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

Chrissy now understands the path to her best work

Nancy gives the gift of soul work with intuitive abstract art, moving through fear and into the present moment with joyful experimentation. I now understand the path to my best work, to be able to paint with an expressive aliveness, and am deeply grateful for Nancy’s genuine care and individual attention. The content is presented sincerely and simply, and is deeply motivating.

~ Christine Scurr, Australia, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Christine Scurr

Australia, The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

Vera took her painting to a new level

Nancy, you are full of life and have a deep understanding of the “other.” You are a fantastic teacher. Your lessons are so intelligently put together! You not only provided invaluable information, you opened doors to a new level in painting and led us through with your encouragement & belief that we can do it. You made it possible for us to venture in new territory & helped us through it!

Vera V. Tchikovani, San Francisco, CA, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Vera V. Tchikovani

San Francisco, CA, The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

Betty found her own style

Nancy's course allowed me to experience for the first time an acceptance and love for my art through my mark making and my own style. Not only did I learn about the fundamentals of creating abstract art, but I learned them in a way that was deeper and easy to understand. The weekly lesons, videos, and assignments helped me hone in on techniques through practice. The FB form was an amazing group of supportive artists and Nancy's feedback, guidance, and support were invaluable. It's been the best online course I have taken and completed!

Betty Franks Krause, San Jose, California, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Betty Franks Krause

San Jose, California, The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

Marian incorporated painting with her yoga practice

Nancy’s many years of study as an artist, practice as an existential psychiatrist, and exceptional understanding of the creative process come together to infuse and ignite her curriculum.

Mastery and joy combine and characterize her eloquent teaching.

And her painting demonstrations are incredibly illuminating, inviting, fun and beyond inspirational.

The Artist’s Journey Course Work and Nancy’s abiding trust and encouragement are the cornerstone of my artistic development.

Watching her simultaneously paint and teach is captivating and spellbinding, like the best improv theater ever.

I’ve travelled from nascent “yeah kind of” artist to one who races to her studio, eager to spend time painting, experimenting, exploring, allowing, and finally, liking my work.

My wall is strewn with starts, paintings, exercises and things unknown hang all over. No small task! Grateful to Nancy forever! Namaste!

Marian Bach

The Artist’s Journey® & Studio Journey™ Alumnus

I am half way through an exciting month long online course run by Nancy Hillis, who is an existential psychiatrist as well as an abstract painter, based in the USA. The class is based on five modules, it  consists of video demonstrations, written course material, workbooks to keep up, and interaction with other participating artists in a private Facebook group. Each week we are given a painting challenge to put the lessons into practice. I am finding this a liberating and exciting experience.

I am loving the interaction with like minded people from across the globe and finding the painting challenges a blissful way of giving expression to my deep sorrow and fury that has resulted from nearly half the population of the UK being dragged out of the EU against our will.

Valerie Armstrong

The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

I've had the privilege to work with Nancy as an artist. She paints with great passion, boldness, and spontaneity. Her enthusiasm and childlike playful freedom in the painting process is infectious. This is one infection I'd like to catch!

Annette Norris Crosby

Abstract Painter, Valdosta, GA, The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

I've started from the beginning of the course and am reviewing like crazy, so much great information you have shared. Your insights, particularly about composition and value, have already helped me progress as an artist, and I will continue to apply this knowledge as I delve further. Many thanks again, Nancy! You are an inspiration.

Merrimon Kennedy

The Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

These are heartfelt words, and, even though I have painted continually for over 50 years, and have been successful, I never before truly felt that my art was from my heart. Now, it is flowing , and I have a show on now, with one large painting sold before it went up.  This is from paintings that I truly was not thinking of sales or who would like them, or even if they would even be seen. You and your “bundles” brought me through the extremely difficult years of my dear husband’s illness and death. The art journals that I made, and the experiments during those dark times brought me to today with light and peace. 

 BLess you and the courageous artists that follow your ideas!  They DO work!

I would like you to see what I have done In The past 6 months. You turned me on to my own deep thoughts and with the art journey I took with you, I became the painter that I want to be. Take a look at what you have Inspired.

Diane Voyentzie

The Artist's Journey® & Studio Journey™ Alumnus

Tammy got magical insights as she began to believe she could paint

Dr. Nancy Hillis combines a deep professional experience in psychiatry with an intuitive, creative approach to painting. Magical insights come out of this wonderful mix. Through her own personal art journey, she has thought and lived deeply the process of painting through fear and self doubt.

~ Tammy Pittenger, Santa Cruz, CA

Tammy Pittenger

Santa Cruz, CA

I’d like you to know you've been so instrumental in my finding my way back to painting, to exploring who I am and sharing those discoveries with others. I’m forever grateful for your clear, candid and creative teaching videos and I feel so lucky to have found you through social media. Your written words strike a chord deep within me and you have my profound thanks.

~ Beth Ojalvo,Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Beth Ojalvo

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

Like a junky, I powered through the first three videos for module 3 and Nancy, they are fabulous, incredible game changers, and just darn right brilliant! (I called in 'sick' so I could do this!). I feel a huge surge of continuous momentum and excitement about the abundance of ideas that I want to explore. And most importantly, I have insight about the creative process in general and as a result, a daily studio practice. As a result there’s a confidence and excitement in my life that I haven’t experienced in a long time. 

Kim Swanson, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumnus

Kim Swanson

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

Your course gives me the wings to go back on the canvas and experiment on a daily basis, but mostly it encourages me to listen more and more and enjoy what wants to be there, let it be and paint for myself.

Anne Clement, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Anne Clement

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

I would not be where I am now without your inspiration, courses and mentoring .. a big thank you .

~ Janet Simpson, Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

Janet Simpson

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

I loved this. Thank you! Now I know why I couldn't (wouldn't?) do what the last artist/class wanted me to do. She was leading me away from myself, making me follow her rules with colors and lines that spoke to her but not to me. This was a very very meaningful workshop for me.

W. H., Artist’s Journey® Course Alumna

W. H.

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

Praise For The Studio Journey Course

Long long ago I was banned from art in my kindergarten class at age 6 for making a mess (I still do!) and told to go and focus on math and English, and so I did...

In time, my career flourished and took me to far and distant places from Singapore to the Jebel Akbar, from Hawaii to Moscow, from Paris to Prague....and many many more. I became a consultant working initially in military and civil aviation and later in transnational law...

I loved to take the road less traveled, but I never ever painted, I had been banned by the powerful wizard. 

And so it was not to be until over 50 years later when that ban timed out - following a severe riding accident and when I fractured many vertebrae. In spinal rehab, there was a very encouraging art therapist, who asked if I would like to paint ...

I loved playing with color, although  I knew I believed I was not really allowed to paint, but a rebel grew in strength and I began to wonder ... ‘ just what if ...?’ And then,  I fell in love with making marks and trying to express feelings and over the next 15 years, I devoured books, courses, videos and all possible to learn ... 

And so, the novice learnt to draw, learnt something about composition, some basic colour theory - and began to exhibit and was astonished when 5 years later I was encouraged to enter a national juried competition. The Gods smiled, and I was selected  - not just that year, but year after year

But, deep inside there was still that persistent voice saying I was not allowed, not good enough. The fear of failure echoed loud and the light went out, I began to stumble around, avoiding my studio - I had lost my belief and compass. 

And then,  one day, when I was very close to giving up, as if by magic, a guide showed up ...a guide who has quietly transformed my studio practice - and brick by brick built my self belief and courage and helped me to paint, paint AND paint and explore and experiment...

Nancy’s way of teaching provides an absolute smorgasbord of learning opportunities and a multiplicity of pathways: from core concepts and principles to guided personal reflection, exciting demonstrations, but always with encouragement for personal choice and growth.  There is a richness of sharing from Nancy the polymath, of the wisdom of the grand masters, not only of art, but also of philosophers, writers, poets, mathematicians and more.

But keystone in all has been to quietly and consistently build self belief. There is magic here and I cannot thank Nancy enough for her generosity and incredible program. The Studio Journey is not a painting course per se, it is a invitation to dance in the internal landscape of magical creativity.

Maggy Herbert-Jobson

Studio Journey™ Alumnus

I am excited to be sharing another journey with you Nancy. Under your guidance, tutoring and workshops I have developed my style as an artist and as a result of this I have now taken the plunge to be a full time artist. You have given me the confidence to be disciplined, and believe in myself . It is so exciting to be in my studio each day, putting into practice the knowledge I have gained through your tutoring , and the feeling of joy I experience when I see paintings completed that I am proud of.

Thank you Nancy wholeheartedly , - it is awesome to be sharing another journey with you.

Jo Rankin, Studio Journey™ Alumna

Jo Rankin

I'm learning all sorts of things on this journey! Lots about creating art, and lots about how I learn. I seem to absorb information unconsciously, obliquely. I'm learning without grasping or knowing?

I've been working on a painting that I've been tinkering with for some time. The last few days I've returned to it. Just laying color down, no thinking. And now that I look at it, I hear your voice: yellow vibrates with violet. I have not focused very much on the color assignments, but somehow, they have gotten into my brain! These are colors I do not normally use much.

Also, the last piece I worked on was completely intuitive. I was just playing, and found I liked dripping, something I have not done much. I kept dripping, wiping, buffing, more dripping. It was so fun and relaxing. Hoping I can remember how I did it because I was very happy with both results and process.

So I want to thank you for this class, for the space you hold us in, the support & gentle guidance. It's just what I needed to move forward with work that truly feels like mine.

~ SWB, Studio Journey™ Alumna


Your course has made such a difference in my abstract painting.  I can’t tell you how glad I am to have found your courses! Thank you! A teacher had mentioned you in class so I googled you and signed up for your email updates.  When I was able to, I signed up for both of your classes. You have made such an impact on my life. You have helped me be better at something I am passionate about. For that, I can’t thank you enough!

Heather Zappettini

Studio Journey™ & Experimenting with Color Alumnus

Even though I have not spent any time in the studio since I signed up for the Studio Journey workshop (Due to travel-- just got back), I must say I am so so glad I joined.

I find the concept to be brilliant. It provides constant stimulation and inspiration and allows members to proceed at their own pace and take their time. The visuals, demos and your presentations are terrific, and the combination of all that with the member Facebook group really give it incredible value.

Despite not being in the studio I spent much time reviewing the materials, watching the color mixing exercises and browsing through the posts members made online. Browsing was very stimulating and as you said thinking about your art is a valuable element even when not painting. Using Facebook more than compensate for the fact it is not a live workshop.

It is a 10 in my book.

I would be happy to recommend it to some artist friends. 

Warm regards and many thanks for conceiving of such a brilliant workshop.

~ Dahlia Riley, Studio Journey™ Alumna

Dahlia Riley

I come from a figurative background, have been painting in the old Dutch masters style for a few years, but have been finding myself lacking enthusiasm as I paint. Abstract painting is what I am now appreciating, so your course is the perfect thing at the perfect time. How often does that happen, right?! ?

I am looking forward to your Studio Journeys course. I love the name. One of the many sayings I repeated to my kids as they were growing up, hoping it would replay in their memories, was “Remember to take joy in the journey.” Thanks for helping me do the same.

Diane Schaller, Studio Journey™ Alumna

Diane Schaller

I am absolutely enthralled by your courses. It really has brought a lot of joy to my life, and put a spring in my step.  I think it's your philosophy about believing in yourself.  

I  understand what you mean by many starts, mine end up being a blank canvas.

Now I practice mark making before I start, getting into that stream of consciousness. This happened in my last painting.

Helen Tainsh

Studio Journey™, Artist's Journey® & Experimenting with Colors™ Alumnus

I was one of Nancy's students this past summer, and her class changed my life and my work.

~ DM


Loving the workshops. You teach some very sophisticated concepts.

~ R.B.


Praise For Experimenting With Color

This class is a gem. This is not just for those who paint abstract as it is applicable to all mediums and all genre where color is used at all. I’m painting with some trepidation and some abandon. My earlier experiences with art were always accompanied by the mentor saying, “no, you’re doing it wrong”. This sticks with me to this day. Then I put paint on canvas and off I go. Thank you!

~ KS, Experimenting With Color™ Alumna


I'm beginning to understand color composition! This is no small thing. I have a lot of education. I have been able to learn everything I put on my plate. But I just didn't get color. Not only was (past tense) this frustrating, but my confidence was subject to small winds. Using neutrals to pull a color scheme together is my ticket to ride (Beatles song, I have very gray hair.) Oh, and you shined a light on the why of chroma, neutrals, contrast, and strong value, also big in my thinking.

Thank you for your good effort in putting this e-workshop together.

Wild Bill Lightner,Experimenting With Color™ Alumni

Wild Bill Lightner

Holy cow!!! These colors are so freeing! Thank you, Nancy, this class is changing my life.

~ GS, Experimenting With Color™ Alumna


Praise For The Artist’s Journey Book

When I started the online course Nancy Hillis was offering last year, I was looking for tips and directions but soon I found that what Nancy was providing the answer for all those questions, deep in the night, that all artists face when doing new creative work, and it was the lesson of reassurance...of ‘keep going and you’ll get there’. 

There were no answers about WHAT you were doing. But just to continue doing it because this was the way you wanted to go..and never mind the result because this would take care of itself. And it does.  

My journey continues but rather than limiting her reach only to those who take her course, Nancy has also produced a book, The Artist’s Journey, where you can read her guidelines and follow her direction in undertaking this inner journey. 

If you would like to further explore your creativity, I strongly recommend you read this, whatever your method of expression. It changed my life. I hope it may change yours.

Lupe Cunha

A BRILLIANT BOOK ...No Artist Should Be Without It....Full Of Inspired And Knowledgeable Information . Nancy Is Uniquely Able To Speak About Everything An Artist Experiences. The Good, The Sad , And The Wonders Of "The Ugly " Paintings. READ IT ... OFTEN! It's life saving!

Danny Craig Cutting

The Artist's Journey® Book Reader

Nancy Hillis has produced something rare in the cacophony of reads available for contemporary artists and creatives: A practical and inspiring call to create original, astonishing work. Highly recommend.

Ruth Crone

Studio Journey™ Alumnus & The Artist's Journey® Book Reader

“The Artist’s Journey® is an impressive and comprehensive guide to all creative souls. Like the author writes: “You yearn to create – because creation is connection with the immortal and the divine.” This is a very useful, informative and inspirational guide for all creative minds.”

Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Finding Nancy Hillis’ self-help art book, The Artist’s Journey®, has me wondering yet again if perhaps there is a way to actually find one’s vision. The accompanying video course is marvelous. The Artist’s Journey® is most highly recommended.

Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Nancy Hillis’ The Artist’s Journey® is an unforgettable, thought-provoking read, with an inspiring and determined tone. A one-of-a-kind guide and is an absolute must-read for any artists suffering from artist’s block or any sort of creative meltdown. Truly worth a read. 

Jessica Barbosa for Readers’ Favorite

Jessica Barbosa for Readers’ Favorite

Just when you think hope has left the building, someone like Nancy Hillis comes along and revives our purpose and place in the universe. The Artist’s Journey® is a game changer, a mind bender and true epiphany of purpose for every artist living in the challenges of the 21st century.

~ Janis Kirstein, Award winning artist & writer

Janis Kirstein, Award winning artist & writer

Taking on self doubt, fear and that nagging negative inner voice, author Nancy Hillis has created a guide for artists who need help finding their way.

Sara Barnes, My Modern Met

Sara Barnes, My Modern Met

You’re an inspiration, Nancy! My dream is evolving every day, as I move from improving my mastery of technique to creating more authentic, more original art. This applies to my painting and also to my silver-work. One feeds off the other. In the past year, I felt that I have undertaken some very deep learning and I thank you for triggering that process in me and for guiding me still.

Geraldine Darlington

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Nancy, you are such a dynamic and insightful catalyst for the creative journey that I am certain your book will become the new painter’s bible. How often I have wished I could go back and re-read many of your inspiring passages. Now I will be able to in this format : the book.

Jan Kirstein, Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Jan Kirstein

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I am very excited about Nancy's book, The Artist’s Journey. Having started on her course I have been reading the book and I can verify that she knows the artist’s mind through and through.

Dawn Lim

Activating The Canvas™ Alumnus, The Artist's Journey® Book Reader

Praise For Creativity Reflection Journal

Nancy shows you how to awaken your creative soul and find endless possibilities next to you in what she calls the adjacent possible.

She connects you to the eternal quest to be your authentic, self expressive, creative, alive, passionate,
joyful, productive. The transformation is endless, timeless and ongoing unique for each individual. No one could do your homework for you.

You can only learn to swim by getting into the water, not watching other people swim. Nancy’s book provides dozens of learning examples and guidelines to help you on your personal path to self discovery creativity into your true creative self.

Bob Reed

Creativity Reflection Journal Reader

Here are a few of the reasons I love this soulful new book:

  • The opportunity to take a deeper look at my own reasons for creating.
  • You bring home how my "Why" really matters.
  • This adds to my confidence about making art.
  • Answering the questions, like making art, involves a process that leads to new discoveries.
  • Your compassion helps me admit to my struggles.
  • The poetry gives me pause with their profound resonance encouraging me to take myself, in my sweet life, seriously.
  • Your book requires me to pause, breathe deep and listen deeply to myself.
  • I'm inspired by the big ideas you offer and also the practical tips to make my dreams reality. You offer a lovely balance.
Julie Dunleavy


Praise for The Creativity Reflection Journal

This journal is beautifully illustrated and includes inspiring quotes together with plenty of space to 'think in ink' and doodle too. It's a workbook that can help get your imagination flowing, whatever your creative field, and free up new discoveries to develop or evolve your artistic endeavors.

It's full of prompts, exercises and activities to help you gain clarity on your unique way forward as a creative. Because the author is a working artist, art teacher and existentialist psychiatrist too, she is perfectly placed to guide your inner journey of reflection, exploring and opening up your creative work to what's meaningful and possible going forward.

I recommend this journal for anyone wanting to delve deep into their practice and find out about themselves in the process.

Praise for The Artist's Journey Book

Nancy Hillis has produced something rare in the cacophony of reads available for contemporary artists and creatives: A practical and inspiring call to create original, astonishing work. Highly recommend.

Ruth Crone

Studio Journey™ Alumnus, Artist's Journey® Book & Creativity Journal Reader

This book is no lightweight. It is full of triggers to make me think and write about my inner journey. It is a truly an Artists Journey meditation. 

It is a gem.

It will take me some time to fully utilize it, fill it all in and fully absorb insights.

Karen Sharbo

Creativity Reflection Journal Reader

I’ve just started working through the journal and I love it! I keep it by my bedside so I can make it part of my daily routine. Its really helped me reflect and discover more about myself. My favorite book purchase of 2020 so far!

Helen Davis

Great start to the artist’s year with Nancy’s new book The Creative Reflection Journal. I was lucky enough to get a preview at the Artist’s Retreat in October.

Lorraine Willis

Creativity Reflection Journal Reader

About Nancy

Artist, bestselling author, and Stanford trained psychiatrist Dr. Nancy Hillis will guide and inspire you as you step into the terra incognita of your soul and face your vulnerability as an artist. She believes that your most astonishing work comes from deep exploration and experimentation. Nancy encourages you to find the nascent, unexpressed parts of yourself, give voice to your subconscious experiences, and finally express YOU in your art and life.

Founder of The Artist’s Journey® and The Adjacent Possible® workshops and courses, Nancy has led over 21,000 students on their creative journeys. Not only does Nancy encourage you to express yourself in your art, she has created courses and workshops to guide you on a tangible and accessible path to your deepest artistic fulfillment.

Nancy is the best selling author of The Artist's Journey®: Bold Strokes To Spark Creativity. Available on Amazon. Named by BookAuthority as a "One of the best Creativity books of all time". Nab your copy and leave us a review.

Spark your imagination in “The Artist’s Journey Creativity Reflection Journal” with creativity prompts, poetic musings and stories inviting you to reflect on and activate the inner sources of your creativity. It was the #1 New Release in Creativity on Amazon on it's first day of publication. Buy the journal and receive the exclusive Big Creativity 30 Day Immersion Program. 

Discover the science of creativity and the art of the possible in Nancy’s newest book  “The Adjacent Possible: Evolve Your Art. From Blank Canvas To Prolific Artist”. Get your copy here.

Nancy Hillis, M.D., Artist, Best Selling Author, Speaker & Stanford Trained Existential Psychiatrist.

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