Alumni Art & Praise for Nancy

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Janet Malloch – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Janet Malloch – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I enjoyed the course and the journey that I was taken on . Exploring the different elements of painting was enjoyable and developed a self awareness of what I look for in painting and then to have confirmation from Nancy as to what was happening. I am a very visual...

Renata Kerr- Studio Journey™ Course
Renata Kerr- Studio Journey™ Course

What makes Nancy’s courses so valuable is her background in existential psychiatry as well as her understanding of the creative process. She’s able to coax out of you, gently and non-judgmentally, your true authentic self. And she makes you believe and trust in...

Matt Ayer – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Matt Ayer – The Artist’s Journey® Book

The Artist's Journey was just the book I needed right now. I have found I am at a turning point in my painting journey, in which my work is starting to get some attention, which is exciting, but also means that I have started to feel the influence of pressure from...

Jim Oliver – Activating The Canvas & Artist’s Journey® Book
Jim Oliver – Activating The Canvas & Artist’s Journey® Book

Praise For Activating The Canvas: Straight up? I like it a lot. Without getting too deep into the weeds: a while ago I bought a Kindle and with that read “The Artists Journey: Bold Strokes to Spark Creativity.” That lead me to the website and some other things...

Amanda Sophia Hocking – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Amanda Sophia Hocking – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I have found the course to be both interesting and challenging. I have not done a lot in the area of abstraction but I wanted to do something that took me away from my “controlling” self and the exercises and weekly challenges have done just that. I have deliberately...

Leslie McCrea – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Leslie McCrea – The Artist’s Journey® Book

I am enjoying your book and working to incorporate the principles into my art making. I’m working through the “ugly” paintings. I had done the mind map for “ugly” and then painted four ugly paintings based on some of what I saw there. Now I am up to the chapter where...

Barbara Harrild – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Barbara Harrild – The Artist’s Journey® Book

I am finding that this book shows me how to get new inspiration on how to move forward from representational work. It has shown me how to let go, how to give myself permission to just play and see what happens. I have tried the tips in the videos got on really well....

Marilyn Simler – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Marilyn Simler – The Artist’s Journey® Course

This has been a wonderful course for me! Beginning with reading THE ARTISTS JOURNEY in the first days of lockdown to how I feel now is amazing. Nancy has freed me from a more observation based working method to intuitive free mark making. A combination of the two is...

Shelly Vega – 7 Day Email Course
Shelly Vega – 7 Day Email Course

Gratitude, inspiration, a sense of aliveness and connectedness with my artwork is what I feel after participating in the "Creating Your Deepest Work" email course. The artist Ana Paz recommends Nancy's article "What You’re Afraid Of Is Where The Juice Is" on...

Terry Jarrard-Dimond – The Artist’s Journey® Masterclass
Terry Jarrard-Dimond – The Artist’s Journey® Masterclass

I "met" Nancy at just the right time as I was making a media change and felt a little overwhelmed.  Signing up for The Artist's Journey Masterclass was exactly what I was looking for to help me get over the hump of anxiety I felt about this change. Nancy teaches from...

Lesta Frank – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Lesta Frank – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I’ve painted most of my life. There were so many times I’d just run out of the studio and not go back for hours, days, sometimes months. I wished to be able to have the attention span to paint all day. It didn’t happen until I took Nancy’s classes. I had a realization...

Dana Grubbe- Studio Journey™ Course
Dana Grubbe- Studio Journey™ Course

You know I paint every day - I have learned a lot from Nancy - at first I was not impressed by her spontaneity (and to be honest her paintings) but I felt I was learning from her. Over the past two years I have matured and have new appreciation for both her methods...

Daniela Steiner – The Artist’s Journey® Masterclass
Daniela Steiner – The Artist’s Journey® Masterclass

I was very content with the Masterclasses. And eternally grateful for the Artist Journey year course. It was life changing for me. It helped me in so many ways. To understand concepts, learn many many things, materials, tools and also how to approach the white...

Ashwini Prasad – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Ashwini Prasad – The Artist’s Journey® Course

In 2019, I enrolled in Nancy Hilli’s online course Artist Journey- 3 secrets of the masters. This course has inspired and provided me with all the concepts that forms the foundation of abstract painting. A step by step guidance by Nancy throughout this course also...

Nina Thorne – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Nina Thorne – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I enrolled in the Artist Journey about a year ago. It seemed at the time a big financial and time commitment for a non- professional artist. After completing the course it became clear to me that it was a most worthwhile investment.  I loved the clear and detailed...

Ann Armstrong – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Ann Armstrong – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I absolutely loved The Artists Journey and recommended it to quite a few friends who want to deepen their practice or feel like they are stuck with their painting. It's actually something I would love to have access to forever! I kept going back to different parts of...

Barbara Johnson – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Barbara Johnson – The Artist’s Journey® Course

The yearning to fulfill the creative desire was something I was born with although there have been starts and stops along the way. Always the inner critic, I generally ended up frustrated and it was easier to just not do anything. I would have to say that just before...

Laura Gaylor – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Laura Gaylor – The Artist’s Journey® Book

Reading Nancy’s book The Artist Journey has given me the freedom to trust myself and make ugly paintings. Before I would cover my “ugly paintings” with gesso and start over. I didn’t realize that being an artist was about finding your way through these uncomfortable...

Robin Souza Rodriguez – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Robin Souza Rodriguez – The Artist’s Journey® Book

I have been a mixed media artist for 10 years. I have always been an extremely empathetic and creative person yet I have this “math and science” brain. After my health interfered with me working, I assumed that I could just turn that part of my brain off and get busy...

Gisela Kissing- Studio Journey™ Course
Gisela Kissing- Studio Journey™ Course

One of my art teachers from a few years ago was telling me that I could not do abstract painting. So I was eager to learn and valued this online opportunity, where I could experiment without being criticized. The great structure of the course, the video demos, and...

Maja Jiranek – The Artist’s Journey® & Studio Journey™ Course
Maja Jiranek – The Artist’s Journey® & Studio Journey™ Course

I LOVE both of the Journeys very much!!! And I am very happy and inspired to do my work more structured than ever before. I always say to my family “my Nancy” because she became a part of my artistic life. I learn so much (also English language!) and I love the high...

Donna Ernest – Studio Journey™ Course
Donna Ernest – Studio Journey™ Course

The painter and art critic, Roger Fry, once asked a little girl how she set about drawing.  She replied," First I have a little "think" and then I put a line around it."  that is the great beauty in children’s art.  They are serious about what they do, and they paint...

Maureen Farrell – Studio Journey™ Course
Maureen Farrell – Studio Journey™ Course

I am about 75% through the course and it is all coming together for me. Nancy's way of explaining and doing her demos have been extremely helpful. Being able to go back and forth with the lessons has been a great advantage for me. Nancy has been very generous with...

Lupe Cunha – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Lupe Cunha – 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...

Ariane Edmundson – Studio Journey™ Course
Ariane Edmundson – Studio Journey™ Course

I don’t know what I’d do without Nancy. She intuitively offers just the right advise exactly when I need it most. Nancy’s  incredibly generous instruction is such a loving gift to us all. I have truly become a devotee.  She is inspiring, amazingly insightful,...

Cornelia Lehmann – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Cornelia Lehmann – The Artist’s Journey® Course

Nancy's courses were the best online courses I have ever attended. For a long time I was looking for my own way of painting, in which I feel comfortable and which suits me. At Nancy I finally found what I had been looking for for so long. Each lesson is supported by a...

Mark Freeman – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Mark Freeman – The Artist’s Journey® Book

Having wanted to paint my whole life, I have 56 years of painting energy bottled up that must come out. Having only been painting a little over two years I have painted over 40 paintings to date. As an art spectator, I was always drawn to and connected with modern...

Margi Rohde – Creativity Reflection Journal
Margi Rohde – Creativity Reflection Journal

I'm slowly working my way through the journal and the immersion program. The way you synthesize concepts from so many disciplines is a delight to me. You instigate deeper and better thought and are a catalyst in helping me solidify my own changing art practice. ...

Cheryl Dyment – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Cheryl Dyment – The Artist’s Journey® Course

I don't know where to begin.  I will say this, no one can accuse you of hyperbole.  Your masterclass has, indeed, been a "game changer" for me.  So much in life is timing and you and your message have been there for me at just the right moment.   I am so glad that I...

Ngo Thuy – Studio Journey™ Course
Ngo Thuy – Studio Journey™ Course

I have registered for three of Nancy’s courses and her book as well since I love the style of her abstract paintings.  What I have learned from her courses are very useful for me. In Experimenting with Color, being able to adjust my improvisational paintings with...

Lois Stone – Studio Journey™ Course
Lois Stone – Studio Journey™ Course

I had the greatest artistic experience with the program. Nancy shows great care and compassion in her work and instructions. The most profound thing for me is that she has help to release any doubt or fear about working as an abstract artist and to never doubt my own...

Kristy Evans – Studio Journey™ Course
Kristy Evans – Studio Journey™ Course

Nancy's courses have been a fabulous investment in learning new skills and valuing my own ideas and impulses. In November, I took leave from my teaching job for health reasons and knew that I'd better have something to keep my brain busy. Activating the Canvas served...

Heather Zappettini – Studio Journey™ Course
Heather Zappettini – Studio Journey™ Course

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...

Helen Davis – Creativity Reflection Journal
Helen Davis – Creativity Reflection Journal

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! Experience Similar Results ... WATCH...

Eva Darrington – Studio Journey™ Course
Eva Darrington – Studio Journey™ Course

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 . Experience Similar Results ... WATCH THE FREE...

Kay Hunt – Studio Journey™ Course
Kay Hunt – Studio Journey™ Course

The modules are full of thought-provoking information and well-thought-out exercises that have really helped me structure and organize my studio practice. The biggest boon for me, though, is Nancy’s encouragement to trust yourself...the first time I have felt...

Karen Weihs – Studio Journey™ Course
Karen Weihs – Studio Journey™ Course

The Studio Journey was great! And will be for me forever great! As a teacher myself of traditional oils and abstract concepts, I was pleased to find Nancy on Pinterest and decided to enroll to learn more techniques so I can bring them to my own work and to my...

Jeanette Goulart – Studio Journey™ Course
Jeanette Goulart – Studio Journey™ Course

I adored the studio journey with my whole heart. It was the best experience of my own journey so far. I tear up when I think about what that course did for me. And how I love Nancy for bringing it into our world. It caused me to have the courage to create my own...

Elisabeth Malmgren – Studio Journey™ Course
Elisabeth Malmgren – Studio Journey™ Course

Studio Journey is my third course led by Nancy. I started with Activating The Canvas, then with Experiment with color and the latest course Studio Journey I am currently doing for the second year, the trip I never want to end. At the end of last year, I was accepted...

Danny Craig Cutting – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Danny Craig Cutting – The Artist’s Journey® Book

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...

Lorraine Willis – Creativity Reflection Journal
Lorraine Willis – Creativity Reflection Journal

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. Experience Similar Results ... WATCH THE FREE WORKSHOP: 3 Invisible Paradoxes Of Activating The Creative...

Ruth Crone – The Artist’s Journey® Book & Journal
Ruth Crone – The Artist’s Journey® Book & Journal

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,...

Valerie Armstrong – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Valerie Armstrong – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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,...

Teresa Pisani – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Teresa Pisani – The Artist’s Journey® Course

Teresa has experienced a turning point in her art I have a Bachelor of Arts degree, (Beaux Art de Paris), we were taught art history, painting techniques, observation, etc. But never was the key to true creativity given to us, and it all lies in our attitude, trust,...

Dawn Lim – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Dawn Lim – The Artist’s Journey® Book

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. Experience Similar Results ... WATCH THE FREE WORKSHOP: #1 Secret to Creating...

Catherine Nugent – Studio Journey™ Course
Catherine Nugent – Studio Journey™ Course

I am very pleased with the Studio Journey course. It is challenging yet supportive and provides a wonderful approach to doing intuitive work. Nancy Hillis is extremely generous with information. She is a prolific and exceptional writer and her Studio Journey is...

Kathy Kimball – Studio Journey™ Course
Kathy Kimball – Studio Journey™ Course

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...

Helen Tainsh – Studio Journey™ Course
Helen Tainsh – Studio Journey™ Course

I am absolutely enthralled by your course, it really has brought a lot of joy to my life, and put a spring in my step.  I think its your philosophy about believing in yourself.   I  understand what you mean by many starts, mine end up being a blank canvas. Now I...

Maggy Herbert-Jobson – Studio Journey™ Course
Maggy Herbert-Jobson – 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,...

Diane Voyentzie – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Diane Voyentzie – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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. ...

Merrimon Kennedy – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Merrimon Kennedy – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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...

Annette Norris Crosby – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Annette Norris Crosby – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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! Experience Similar Results...

Marian Bach – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Marian Bach – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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...

Betty Franks Krause – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Betty Franks Krause – The Artist’s Journey® Course

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...

Vera Tchikovani – The Artist’s Journey® Course
Vera Tchikovani – The Artist’s Journey® Course

Vera took her painting to a new level As for Nancy: I don't know where to start my praise. I think I will start by saying that you are a marvelous person: it shows through in your teaching. You are full of life, full of love of life, and have a deep understanding of...

Christine Scurr – The Artist’s Journey Course
Christine Scurr – The Artist’s Journey Course

Chrissy now understands the path to her best work My yearning to create on a deeper level and a desire for understanding the principles of making good art were answered beyond expectation. Nancy gives the gift of soul work with intuitive abstract art, moving through...

Geraldine Darlington – The Artist’s Journey® Book
Geraldine Darlington – The Artist’s Journey® Book

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...

Book Reviews and Testimonials
Book Reviews and Testimonials

Grace Modia Loving you book, loving your lessons. I've already broken through to something new in my art and am following that vein. No fear. Thank you! Grace   Kelly Huddleston Hi Dr. Hillis! Just wanted to introduce myself, and say hello. My name is Kelly. I am...

More Praise & Testimonials For Nancy

Praise For The Artist’s Journey Course

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.

She teaches with such heart and enthusiasm that even people who think they can't paint begin to remember that they can!  

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

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!).

The most astounding result from taking your course is that my so called 20 year studio practice of occasionally dabbling but quickly losing interest in anything that I would start now has some “legs”.

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 as there’s now a direction and focus which I was craving. The overall course structure as well as your compassionate teaching and wisdom- it is masterful.

Kim Swanson

Artist’s Journey® Course Alumnus

I really appreciate your supportive approach. I need constant reminders to trust myself, experiment and play, which you emphasize. This has to be tempered with some technical considerations which you teach as well

I felt the lesson on composition techniques beneficial. I’ve never been taught them as clearly. The challenge is to use them, but not be ruled by them. I’m very interested in your intuitive approach. I found myself having difficulty coming up with work I liked in the composition module. I painted and repainted one particular painting , and took photos of what I came up with at various stages. This was emotional and discouraging for me, but I continued on and now feel better. I’m now trying to practice stopping when my instinct tells me to.

I love the kind of large mark making in the rhythmic starts exercise. You go on to talk about developing paintings from them. I liked that idea of cutting up to get a new composition.

I’m enjoying the exercises in the value module. I’m on the Create What You Love exercise. Your lessons on value are valuable:) There is very good information on where the eye goes and how value can help move your eye around the painting. Again, more complicated in practice, but good to know. I’d never been taught this before.

I like the direction to work on your sketchbook very day. There seems to be a freer mindset when working in the sketchbook, but I don’t want to jinx it by saying too much.

The written part of the course is new for me, but I’ve been doing it. I have a lot of limiting, negative beliefs and I’d like to change that. One of the things I write down under Your Big Why (you create) is that I feel I need to prove my self worth. I have other reasons too that are not negative, but I wonder if this sense of self worth comes up much?

Even though I’ve done much of the course, I feel I’m just beginning. I’m so glad I found your course.

Eleanor Liebman

Artist’s Journey® Course Alumnus

The course is a revolution in my life! I love everything about it, really ! I am painting everyday , but not always what I want. I have a job till the end of the year which sacks my energy and it is a struggle. But I can see already now how much freer I can paint and use the knowledge from the course.

I've read your book which I like very much. You gave me motivation to start experimenting and find myself! I have been through major traumas in my life and a very long depression and I thought my life was over... You gave me an a musing too, Nancy !

My first painting was a black tornado, so much energy got liberated !!! I am now learning how to restrain the tornado ! I am also learning basics, things I should've learned in kindergarten! My "back pocket " is half empty, I have to catch up.

I've rushed through the course because I was so impatient and curious, now I want to start it all over again, from the beginning. Thank you so much Nancy for everything !!! Greetings from Hamburg.

Christina Czarnecki

Artist’s Journey® Alumnus & Book Reader

First of all, I’m thrilled to be part of this adventure. I learn, I play, I resist. Sometimes I’m confused because I feel I just waste paper and paint and I say to myself, what the hell is going with me. The bottom line is I’m having fun and I’m so happy to re-introduce painting in my life.

I enjoy all the videos you provided so far, including the Facebook live which is wonderful and helps me stay connected. I would say that, sometimes, I am intimidated by the work of other participants. When will I get there? I know it is practice but it is also a matter of creating a good amount of time experimenting things in the studio.

I have not taken advantage of the journey guides which is also a great idea. I think the community is great as well. I’m just looking forward to be much more involved.

So, in conclusion, thanks for having created this. It suits me.

Lucie Arsenault

Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

I really love The Artists Journey: 3 Secrets of the Masters 😊. Thank you for all you've done to bring it all together.

This is my first time doing an Online Course. The student log in and teaching portal is user-friendly. I've never once had a problem logging in or browsing through the modules.

I love activating the canvas , or in my case the paper. It gets me going and allows me to move freely and with confidence into the unknown. I like to just move my hand freely without thinking what will happen next. The stop (pause) and stare allows for more possibilities.

I'm very comfortable working in black and white. Perhaps just need more time to develop before I go in using colour. But I will try as I go along. I think this new journey will really help me communicate my vision.

I love the Facebook Live videos! It pushes me to do more experimentation. Nancy shares some valuable insights. And I can only grow from here.

In closing. I would just like to say that since I've been on this course I've really found a break-through with regards to procrastination. I find myself working till late into the morning hours. I sometimes find myself to be up at 3 in the morning. Maybe I have found my purpose in life. 

Veronique Van Boom

Artist’s Journey® Alumnus

Thank you for everything! I am enjoying your class. You are so talented! You make things real and understandable. I will stand and mark make without even thinking.

I work full time and try to paint almost every day. I have painted for 20+ years, but have really wanted to start selling and would LOVE to retire and paint full time. I am starting a 30 hour work week which will allow me to paint and play more.

Looking forward to more of the class. Keep up the GREAT work! Happy painting!!!!

Kim Luther

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

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

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.

The Artist’s Journey Alumnus

Praise For The Studio Journey Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GS

Praise For The Artist’s Journey Book

I read a couple of your blog posts (what could be more amazingly cogent than your “Creativity & The Unconscious In The Time Of COVID-19”?!) & I was hooked! So I downloaded a ‘sample’ of your book (from Amazon) & as I was perusing your introduction, somewhere around the 5th, 6th, &/or 7th paragraph, a light came on. Ohhhh, perhaps that’s my stumbling block (well, more ‘great wall-esque’) – not a creativity clot, but a logjam continual frustration with the mundanity (mundaneness?) of what I’ve been producing!

Admittedly, there’s a LOT more to it, i.e., lack of technical skill due to a resistance to ‘practicing’ due to an imbecilic expectation of being ‘good’ right out of the gate; a warped penchant for perfection; an abiding sense of it being ‘too late’ (at 66); & a still-inexplicable need for approval [even after all the inner-child work], but it struck me that your opus might be the very ingredient I didn’t realize I needed to complete my artist development ‘cocktail’.

I’ve never been particularly interested in ‘abstract’ art, though I can definitely see the appeal of Kandinsky, Picasso, Pollack, & other innovative geniuses who helped forge the bridge linking the representational with the abstract. But I’m thinking I may be ready to explore this route as I stumble along my own trail…

At any rate, thanks to your creative cocktail of art & psychiatry, I’m inspired to forge on with my own creative mixology.

Thank you for your generosity in sharing the insights from your journey. Perhaps we’ll meet somewhere a long the way.

Kathleen Weishaar

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I have enjoyed and learned from your book (and I've only had it a few days!). I couldn't put it down. You speak to my soul. The questions you ask and answer are the exact ones I ask myself and more. You put words to help me understand my inaction, silence, resistance, doubts and frustration that I just couldn't express.

I love that it's not a "how to" but a "why to". I have followed your videos on starts, composition, and value and all. Made a small painting yesterday...what a freeing experience...faced the white scary paper with graphite in hand and just started freely making marks (even put it in my non dominant hand!), applied some paint, got to the "dark night" and eventually made my way thru!

Each chapter brings more clarity and understanding and encouragement. Thank you being such an inspiring, knowledgeable and sensitive guide. I am so grateful to you and will continue the journey.

Rose Staat

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I am just now digging into your book and it really resonates with me.

I am a potter and a painter; just retired from teaching high school ceramics and art, and have moved to a new house with my own studio. My pottery has been mostly functional, and my painting has been plein aire, landscape. Though I love these both, just as you speak of your own journey, I am looking for something more expressive and untethered to “realism” in my work. But as you also speak about, the voices of criticism, and appealing to others, crowd out my courage to experiment.

I especially liked your point about speaking to oneself in the third person!  I have been great at encouraging my students to overcome their fears, but when I worked on my own paintings or ceramic work I found my inner voice being just as negative and judgmental as my teenage students! My own workshop teachers have pointed this out to me and I have to laugh at how ludicrous I sound! 

I haven’t finished your book, but have gone online to watch your first video, and am playing with mark-making and paint and enjoying myself immensely. I look forward to continuing this journey with your book.

Thank you!

Johanna Chase

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

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

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

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

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

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

I like it very much. Still reading and exploring. I love your approach to unleash the artist inside the individual and not expect people to paint like you. Thanks for all you do in the world to help people become truly creative from their own source!

Donna Blachford

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Your book really inspired me and it’s definitely one I will re-read. I especially liked the parts about trusting yourself and about the “ugly” paintings being nascent forms of our future work. I’m a beginning painter but I have a lot of blocks to self-expression, like my inner critic that tells me “You suck, you can’t paint.”

I think your book will help me silence the inner critic and dive into my paintings with enthusiasm and the wonderful not-knowing. Thank you for your book and online course!

Michelle Vaughan

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I do love your book and the path to reaching deeper and getting to know myself and thus express in my art. Love everything you send me as well and the Facebook groups.

I love how they all come together… book, email, Facebook 😊 thank you for all that you share, your passion and your generosity.

Nora Masters

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I just wanted to reach out and thank you personally for writing the Artist's Journey. I had been in a funk with my work and when friends would ask about it I would have to say I haven't painted at all.

Since finishing the book and then tonight watching the workshop I feel like I am more in touch with myself and inner knowing than ever. This is the "permission" I needed to make my own work. I am exploring and feeling and trusting myself and letting go of my academic art training.

I have been doing the starts daily. And I have accidentally developed a few small experimental series. I really liked the part in the workshop about not feeling like we need to explain or apologize for our work. I needed to hear that.

I am hopeful that I will be able to develop my own artistic "voice" in the coming months and allow it to transform over the years. It is a refreshing feeling to believe that I don't have to know what I am going to make and that in fact that is often a barrier to making my most true work. 

Melissa Noriego

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Thank you for the wonderful resources in The Artist's Journey. Trying to jump start your life with art (again at 65) is not easy. I am an avid reader and stumbled upon your book during an art book quest. I have repeatedly tried to pursue art as a hobby, as opposed to therapy. Your book and videos changed my direction. I have always tried to play around with technique instead of allowing myself to be free.

I have also purchased your journal. I have already recommended your book once, and will continue to do so. Thanks.

Joy Berentes

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Although I have been making art for many years, I enjoyed your book and took away several fresh ideas and tips. Your videos are a very generous supplement to the exercises in the book. Thank you!

Pat Kilburg

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Brilliant, love both your books, The Artist Journey: Bold Strokes to Spark Creativity and The Artist Journey Creativity Reflection Journal. Just what I needed during these social distancing days. We all need to give ourselves permission to explore and reclaim child-like wonder and the Art that comes forth from the freedom when we say "yes" to create. I am looking forward to what unfolds. Would love to take a workshop with you being a guide.

Susan Sabahi

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I like the book and videos very much. I'm having fun exploring, playing, and experimenting with paint in ways I haven't before. Producing ugly art, but am ok with it. Still finding my way and my voice but enjoying the process.

Becky Gunderson

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

The Artist’s Journey is best book for artists that I’ve ever read. You provide the perfect amount of guidance, and I will recommend this to my artist friends. Your videos are terrific as well. Filled with practical thoughts, and not a minute too long. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your wisdom.

Elizabeth Agresta

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Thank you for your book. I purchased it on Audible, and after listening to it yesterday at work, I came home and painted differently last night. Although I do illustrations and I am not an abstract painter, your advice allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and get out of my own way. What you wrote and speak is giving me more freedom and confidence.

Pamela Agin

Artist’s Journey® Book Listener

I loved the book - it made me think of things I normally wouldn't have thought of (mostly haven’t by to do with the courage to paint/create. The instructional videos were extremely helpful as well. Very happy that I bought the book.

Carol Whitney

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I enjoyed your book and it’s great that you created the videos to go with it. I write poetry as well as playing with art and it fascinated me to see how closely each follows the other in the creative process. At first I was disappointed in the book because I don’t have a problem with worrying about making a mess on my canvas. Lol. Where I am now is moving towards completing something I want to place on a wall. Getting there. The videos are helpful with this. Thank you!

Linda Hughes

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I love your book! There have been so many points of intersection between my thoughts/needs/experience and your thinking on these things that I am astonished and gratified and excited about finishing the book and progressing in my art.

I have seen your videos as well and am absorbing things as fast as I can feast on them. In so many ways I just didn’t know what was happening with my art and creativity, and your book is helping me to make sense of so much, to relax with it, to feel stronger in relation to my art and what I can and cannot do.

Thank you for writing the book and making the videos, and for tackling the problems of creativity. 

Lera Smith

San Diego, Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

Your book, which I’m listening to, has been a very strong stimulus to my painting practice. I’m a rather myopic painter and must admit that I struggle with your overall premise. What you’re suggesting has the potential to totally change my practice but, so far, it just reinforces it.

Recently my creative practice quickly becomes quite controlled. For example, after doing your six-starter exercise the other day, I chose one and worked it over and over until I got it right 😊. When you say, trust yourself, that’s me in my currently evolved daily practice. I agree with you that more free works display more energy in the end. I have experienced the power of pieces I’ve done quickly and with flow.

I created many ugly paintings, but these days most don’t remain that way. Like in my writing talent, I think it’s due to my being a great editor. Reviewing my painting experience, I’ve become convinced that my painting talent is in my ability to see what a work in progress needs next and that’s what I enjoy, creatively fixing problems, fixing ugly paintings.

That’s what I trust now, that I could make it look better. I’m a damn good painting engineer. So now, perhaps, you can see what I mean. In my creative tension, which you accentuate, I’m looking for an affirmation of my evolved practice. I thought your book, based on your psychological experience, might encourage me, as I am. And sometimes your words do that. I use your words to back me up, but not as you intend, I’m sure. I trust myself more than you.

Today, as usual -- and boosted by you -- I was painting again as I never have. I’m surprised by results almost every few minutes. Your words encourage me as I’m fixing things. Try this, wow; try this, yes. That’s how your words help me. At the same time, I could picture you vigorously shaking me in one of your classes.

I’m not sure what I’m trying to say. Maybe: thank you for your encouraging me as you do, but don’t dismiss the fun and satisfaction painting engineers have. Include a chapter for us guys. 

Dan Siemasko

Artist’s Journey® Book Listener

I'm enjoying your book and am grateful for the videos, it's good to have written reference but it's also helpful to hear and see the actual person 'performing' their art. I'll admit I didn't follow every exercise to the T but did follow the guidance and guidelines. I have been applying your freedom and guilt free painting to my abstract watercolor painting. I like the feeling and I don't care if others don't like it - I am painting for me. There's a lot of professional artists whose work doesn't attract me at all, yet they don't care and they still create what they want. You've taught me that art is in the eye of the beholder.

Olga Roesch

Artist’s Journey® Book Reader

I’ve just finished reading through your book: ‘The Artist’s Journey’. The book is everything I hoped it would be and more.

I’ve dabbled in the human psyche for a few decades now, so I loved that this journey involves working with me! I expected the book might contain a series of steps to follow to break out of the limitations of fear and to find my own artistic message, but instead, I find, once again, that this journey, like every other journey I have taken in my life, begins & ends with me! I have been completely unconscious of how ‘what other’s think’, & ‘seeing myself through the eyes of my inner critic’ have been impacting my artistic journey.

I took up my artistic journey, just ten months ago. I am 59 years of age. I have been teaching myself, through a series of books, how to draw the images I would so love to be able to paint. So far, flowers, faces & scenery, though my grasp of perspective is not at all realistic. I started working in an A5 visual art diary, and have progressed onto an A5 watercolour art journal, so my drawings & paintings are quite small. And there is still a lot of stress and tension in my work. I’m gathering this would be my inner critic, trying to control each mark, each brush stroke.

I have decided to purchase an easel, some large cardboard sheets & some acrylic paints to explore and commence the artists journey you suggest in this book.

I’m so glad you found the courage to create this book! I think it is a very special book! I’m glad I purchased it.

Wendy Parfrey

Australia, 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

Artist

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

Your journal is helping me get over talking about myself as an artist and helping me to go deeper into squeezing out a ‘story’ (about me) as I’ve been hell bent on believing I don’t have one. 

Nance

Creativity Reflection Journal Reader

More Praise For Nancy

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

I have finished the course Activating the Canvas. It was a gift from two of my daughters for my 70th birthday. I have been involved in art my entire life. I majored in Interior Design in college and had my own business for 25 years. I also have taught various art mediums over the years.

Since retirement, I have taken up stained glass and renewed my love of watercolors. I found the course very interesting. It definitely forced me to examine my motives and reasons for my artistic endeavors.

What I discovered is that I can’t not create. It is part of who I am. Also, I found some new artistic freedom while doing the exercises. They opened my eyes to new ways of expressing myself.

I am sure I will revisit the exercises again. Thanks for sharing your approaches and ideas. It was enlightening, interesting, and helpful.

Ashleyn Stroud

Activating The Canvas Alumnus

I am honestly the happiest person to have come across your amazing teachings – my work and understanding have improved beyond my wildest dreams.

It seems I can trust myself and let go.....because I am now understanding what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and where I want it to go.

Your free videos are a true Blessing in my life. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could paint like this, from my soul. Thank you Nancy

Diane Crompton

"Bringing Structure Into An Abstract Painting - Start" Workshop Video Series

I have seen your very interesting free workshop. It gave me a different aspect of, what is an artist, with the main message: be yourself, don’t please others, experiment, have patients with yourself and work from within yourself and not use outside influences.

Having made myself some notes, I have now a lot to work with and see my art in a different light, painting realistic and abstract.

Many thanks for letting us know about your philosophy, what an artist is all about.

Colin Stevens

"The #1 Secret to Creating Authentic Paintings You Love" Workshop

Nancy, thank you for the free workshop. You reminded me of what my mother always said, "You have everything you will always need inside you". You also answered why I am always reluctant to take continuous workshops and keep up with the newest techniques.

Thank you for the confirmation that being me is enough. PS. I'm going to start an ugly painting this afternoon!

Pamela McCauley

"The #1 Secret to Creating Authentic Paintings You Love" Workshop

Thank you for this 7 day email course - it was filled with great insights and prompts to help me consider my Big Whys, Fears, etc.

I liked the way you set these lessons up, not too long and drawn out, and just the right amount of 'work' to do for each lesson day, staying focused on one main thought that helped me to go deeper.

I will take time to go through it again in the days ahead and explore the 'more' that comes up during my creative times.

Evelyn VanderLinde

"Creating Your Deepest Work" Email Course

Thank you so much for the seven-day email course. I appreciated all of the ideas for self exploration… And exploring the question of ”Why”? It helped me to get clearer in my vision and actually feel some excitement about it.

Sheila Albers

"Creating Your Deepest Work" Email Course

There are so few people out there that are prepared to share their knowledge, thank you for being so generous in your offer. I'm enjoying the videos and are curious for more.

Although I have been painting for a few years in oils and watercolors before, I find that although I don't struggle to make marks or with design, in the end I always end up trying too hard and the painting then loses their initial soul.

Ann Karstel

"Transform Your Paintings" Video Workshop Series

FREE WORKSHOP: The #1 Secret to Creating Authentic Abstract Paintings You Love!

You question your talent, and painting becomes arduous and painful. You feel lost, wanting to express yourself but not knowing how. But when you learn the #1 secret to creating authentic abstract paintings, it all changes. Finally, you're able to paint with joy and create art you love.

About Nancy Hillis
Nancy believes that your most astonishing work comes from deep exploration and experimentation. She 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.