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New Hope, PA


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


About Dar

Here are some things about me...

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 so many of us, I 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,  finger paints and homemade clay the next. As it turned out, the silly, little art projects I set up for my young sons in my early motherhood would be the beginning of my own career as an artist.

An accidental artist.

That was over two decades ago and those busy babies have become wonderful, young adults making their own way in the world. My work in education continues as a workshop facilitator, a visiting author/illustrator, an artist in residence and a speaker on creativity and education. But, as time has marched on, the paintbrush and the canvas-- the tools of my father-- have taken center stage.

I often say... All I want to do is paint. :)

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 an Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints, which completely blew 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 want people to feel inspired by my art in a way that doesn’t require “figuring it out.” My imagery is pretty straight forward; I am inspired by the natural world around me. I want people to feel like they get a break from real life when they are looking at it. The dot work I finish with is very methodical and meditative for me, but I also mean it to be magical because I think we all need a little magic in our lives. People tell me that my trees are soothing to look at and that is the best compliment of all. Art was something that started because I needed to soothe myself during a really rough period of my life, and it quite literally healed me. It continues to be the place where I feel both grounded and enchanted. Art has super powers like that.

My home is in Yardley, Pennsylvania where I read, run, do yoga and practice tarot. I live in a house that I love, near the beautiful Delaware River, with a sweet man and two lazy house cats.

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