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My email is: dar(at)darsworld(dot)com

You can also call me: 908.720.2066

New Hope, PA


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

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About Dar

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Photography by LG Patterson of Recess, Inc.

Hello, friends...

I am Dar {Hosta} James. I am an artist who does many things.

I am a painter of trees, 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.

I graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Contemporary Literature and Creative Writing. My graduate work included a secondary education certification in Language Arts and, after a brief stint as a high school teacher, I went on to continue working in education through my writing and art as a visiting author, an artist in residence and a national speaker on creativity and education. As the daughter of an artist, my exploration in visual arts has been life long and self-motivated; my two favorite traditional mediums are cut paper collage and acrylic on canvas.  Several years ago, I became a certified 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, both live and online. In October, 2016, I became a Certified GOLDEN Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints.

I live in New Hope, Pennsylvania in a quaint, old house, surrounded by trees and lots and lots of frogs.

Here at Dar's World 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