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New Hope, PA


The official web site of Dar (Hosta) James, artist, author, illustrator & educator.


About Dar

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Hello, friends...

I am Dar {Hosta} James.

... A painter of trees and circles, a writer and illustrator of children's picture books, a designer, a teacher of both children and adults, a speaker on creativity and education and a creativity coach.

Although my father was an artist, I did not expect to be one. Like most of us, I pretty much resisted following the footsteps of a parent! My BA in Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing was completed at the University of Missouri; graduate work included a secondary education certification in Language Arts and, after a brief stint as a high school teacher, I got married, had two sons and became a stay at home mom. During this time, I lived in rural Ohio, and our days were spent in a busy balance of the domestic and the curious. Diapers, naps and laundry one moment... nature walks, garden discoveries and art projects the next. As it turned out, those silly, little art projects I set up for my sons in my early motherhood would be the beginning of my own career as an artist. An accidental artist. Later, my work in education would continue as a visiting author/illustrator, an artist in residence and a speaker on creativity and education. As time has marched on, the paintbrush and the canvas-- the tools of my father-- have taken center stage.

My exploration in visual arts has been life long and self-taught; my two favorite traditional mediums are cut paper collage and acrylic on canvas.  Several years ago, I became a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach to work with people from all walks of life in order to help them connect with their own creativity and live an authentic life. I am also a workshop instructor in a variety of venues, teaching playful art classes for both children and adults, live at my home studio and online. In October, 2016, I had the great honor of being trained as a GOLDEN Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints, which completely blew up my mind for the endless ways we can work with acrylic paints and mediums. I'm still experimenting with all this stuff and creating new classes to roll out.

I currently make my home in New Hope, Pennsylvania where I read, run, do yoga and practice tarot. I live with a sweet man and two lazy house cats... in a quaint, old house, surrounded by many pretty trees and lots and lots of frogs. 

I love to hear from people who have questions about me or my work...You can reach out to me any time!

Here at you can:

• Schedule a school program

• Arrange a workshop for your group or organization

• Commission or purchase a painting

• Inquire about Creativity Coaching

• Collaborate with me on a special project (email your ideas

• Take an online course with me