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Steven R. Hill Biography


Juried Exhibits | Recent Awards | Recent Honors | Books & Publications
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About the Artist


I have been an artist since the day I picked-up my first pencils and crayons, making marks on most surfaces. I won my first big award in the 4th grade with "First Place" in a city-wide art contest sponsored by the Red Cross in my hometown of Boise, Idaho. It was a drawing made from memory of the masked surgeons who had removed my tonsils years earlier – an experience which obviously made a lasting impression.

Making art was the beacon that allowed me to survive high school, college and the U.S. Army, where I became an illustrator, after the Vietnam era draft had sealed my immediate future. In 1972, I returned to university and earned an MFA in painting from Washington State University, studying with notable artists like Robert Helm, Gaylen Hansen and Robert Sterling, before moving to Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, to help set up a private art school.

The art school was before its time, but I sure took to island life, teaching art at Lopez High School, before starting my own successful graphic design business. Selling the businesses in the late 90's to paint full-time has proven to be totally rewarding. I have won many art awards and some prestigious honors over the past decade. My passion is to find special places, both home and abroad, and explore those with every element of my psyche dialed into the joyous, expressive and interpretive language of painting on-site.

Recent Juried Exhibits


2011

  • Plein Air Painters of Washington - San Juan Pres. Trust Annual Event July 2011 (Award Best of Show)
  • 18th Annual Carmel Arts Festival juried event May 13-15, Carmel, CA
  • Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 42nd National Juried Fine Art Show Ocean Shores, WA April 2010, (Award Best of Show)

2010

  • 24th International Open Exhibit, NPS American Art Co., Tacoma, WA Nov. 13 (Award Best of Show)
  • Plein Air Painters of Washington - San Juan Pres. Trust Annual Paint-out August 2010 (Award)
  • 17th Annual Carmel Arts Festival juried event May 14-17, Carmel, CA
  • Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 41st National Juried Fine Art Show Ocean Shores, WA April 2010, (Award)

2009

  • 24th Annual Chelsea International Juried Fine Arts Competition Collective Exhibit Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York. Ira Goldberg, executive director, Art Students League of New York, juror. August 20
  • Plein Air Painters of Washington – San Juan Preservation Trust Annual Paint-out August 2009 (Award)
  • 23rd International Open Exhibit, NPS American Art Company, Tacoma, WA July 16
  • 16th Annual Carmel Arts Festival juried event limited to 60 artists nationwide May 14-17, Carmel, CA
  • NPS Members Exhibit, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA April 24

2008

  • Plein Air Painters of Washington – San Juan Preservation Trust Annual Paint-out July 2008 (Award)
  • Mercer Island – Annual NPS Juried Member’s Exhibit, Mercer Island, WA March 08 (Award)

2007

  • Scott Milo Gallery – NPS Members Juried Exhibit, Anacortes, WA August '07
  • Peninsula Art League Fifth Annual Juried Exhibit, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA May '07
  • 20th Annual – NPS International Juried Exhibit, American Artworks, Tacoma, WA June '07

2006

  • Harbor Gallery – 20th Annual NPS International Juried Exhibit, Gig Harbor, WA Sept. '06 (Award)
  • Clymer Museum – NPS Members Juried Exhibit, Ellensburg, WA May '06 (Award)

2005

  • 19th Annual - NPS International Juried Show, - Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA July '05 (Award)
  • Northwest Pastel Society Annual Juried Exhibition - Ideations Gallery, Olympia, WA, Mar. '05
  • Annual Art Competition - San Juan Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA March '05
  • Tacoma Art Museum Annual Juried Invitational Auction - Tacoma, WA Feb. '05

2004

  • Pastel Society of Oregon Biannual National Juried Exhibition - Palace Gallery, Oakland, Oregon, September '04
  • Tacoma Art Museum Annual Juried Invitational Auction – Tacoma, WA Feb. '04
  • NPS Special Juried Members Show - Blue Creek Gallery, Walla Walla, WA March '04. 2 pieces accepted (award)
  • Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA, August, '04
  • NPS Annual Juried Members Show - Edmonds, WA August '04 (Award)

Recent Awards

  • Best of Show - July 30, 2011. Plein Air Painters of Washington
  • Best of Show - April 6, 2011. Associated Artists of Ocean Shores 42nd National Competition, Arthur Egeli, juror
  • Best of Show - Nov. 13, 2010. 24th Annual NPS International Juried Competition, American Art Co., Tacoma, WA,. Duane Wakeham, juror
  • Recognition Award - April 2010, 41st Annual Ocean Shores Juried National Competition, Ocean Shores, WA James Southworth, Juror
  • Third Place Award - August 2010, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Lopez Island, WA
  • First Place –- August 2009, Plein Air Painters of Washington, Orcas Island, WA
  • First Place –- July 2008, Plein Air Painters of Washington, San Juan Island, WA
  • Award of Merit – March 2008, NPS Member’s Juried Exhibit, Mercer Island, WA Susan Ogilvie, Juror
  • 2nd Place – August 2007, Art Spectrum Plein Air Painting Contest, NPS paint-out, Lopez Island, WA
  • Award of Merit – Sept. 3rd, 2006, NPS International Juried Exhibit, Harbor Gallery, Gig Harbor, WA. Deborah Paris, Juror
  • Honorable mention – May 5, 2006, NPS Juried Exhibit, Clymer Museum, Ellensburg, WA
  • Honorable Mention – NPS Juried Members Exhibit, Firdale Gallery, Edmonds, WA, August '04, Diane Ainsworth, juror.
  • Honorable Mention – NPS Annual Juried Members Exhibit, Blue Creek Gallery, Walla Walla, WA, March '04, Richard McKinley, juror.
  • Best of Show – 2nd Annual Juried Arts Competition, San Juan Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA March '03

Recent Honors

  • Lifetime Member: Cambridge Who's Who Directory of Executives, Professionals and Entreprenuers. Donald Trump, jr., CEO. March 2011. www.cambridgewhoswho.com
  • Selected to be Juror: Associated Arts of Ocean Shores 43rd Annual National Juried Fine Art Show 2012 www.associatedarts.org
  • Invitation to participate: Florence Biennale, Dec. 2011 chosen to exhibit by the internal selection committee. Fortezza da Basso, Florence, Italy
  • Lambiel Museum Permanent Collection - 2nd acquisition, March 2010. Orcas Island, WA.
  • American Society of Marine Artists nominated and accepted, July 2009
  • Best of America Pastel Artists & Artisans, Volume II – 2009. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. One of 200 artists juried and selected nationally from thousands of entries
  • Best of World Pastel Artists & Artisans, Volume I – 2009. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. Selected from thousands of worldwide entries
  • Lambiel Museum Permanent Collection – August 2007. Orcas Island, WA.
  • Best of America Pastel Artists & Artisans – May 2007. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. One of 66 artists selected nationally.
  • Signature Member Status, Northwest Pastel Society –September 3, 2006
  • President, Northwest Pastel Society – 2006 through 2008
  • Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters – Nominated and accepted, September 6, 2005
  • Cover Artist - Annual 2004 “The Book of the San Juan Islands” (Almanac for the San Juan Islands), published by Sound Publishing, Bainbridge Island, WA

BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS

  • "Washington en Plein Air" 2009 & 2010 Vol.I, by Plein Air Washington Artists
  • "Best of Worldwide Artists Working in Pastel, Charcoal and Drawing", Volume I - Aug. 2010. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. Selected from thousands of worldwide entries
  • "ARTisSpectrum" Vol.23, May 2010, Profiles of Contemporary Art & Artists - Full page review. www.ARTisSpectrum.com, Chelsea NYC
  • "Best of America Pastel Artists & Artisans", Volume II - 2009. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. One of 200 artists juried and selected nationally from thousands of entries
  • "Best of America Pastel Artists & Artisans" - Volume I May 2007. Kennedy Publications. www.bestofartists.com. One of 66 artists juried and selected nationally.

Current Professional Studies & Workshops

  • I have studied with the following contemporary artists: Desmond O’Hagan, Richard McKinley, Susan Ogilvie, Teresa Saia, Cathe Gill, Bob Phinney and Susan Bennerstrom, since 2001. I teach painting workshops in the U.S. and abroad (Croatia - October 2009-2010)

Shows & Exhibits 2006

  • Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters – Annual Fine Arts Auction, Bellevue, Oct. 06 Observing Oregon II- Invitational 3 day paint-out & gallery exhibit, Yoshida's Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon August 3-30th '06
  • Crow Valley Pottery Summer Exhibit, Orcas Is., WA, July '06
  • Scott Milo Gallery featured artist, Anacortes, WA, March-April '06
  • Clymer Museum Northwest Pastel Society Juried Exhibit (award) Ellensburg, WA May '06
  • "Fruit of the Vine" Special group show, Yoshida’s Gallery, Portland, Oregon, May '06
  • Solo Exhibit Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, Macy’s Store, Seattle, WA January '06

Shows & Exhibits 2005

  • Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters – Annual Fine Arts Auction, Bellevue, WA Oct. ‘05
  • Observing Oregon- Invitational 3 day paint-out & gallery exhibit, Yoshida’s Fine Art Gallery, Portland, Oregon August1-4 ’05
  • Scott Milo Gallery – Featured Artist/Italy series, April ‘05
  • 19th Annual - Northwest Pastel Society International Show, - Kirsten Gallery, Seattle, WA July ‘05
  • Museum of Northwest Art – Annual Fine Arts Auction, LaConner, WA June ‘05
  • Gallery San Juan – Steve Hill, Jocelyn Russell & Eric Gewiss Group Show, June ‘05
  • Tacoma Art Museum Annual Invitational Juried Exhibit & Auction, Tacoma, WA March ‘05

Current Galleries

  • Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA
  • Crow Valley Gallery, Orcas Island, WA
  • Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
  • Agora Gallery, Chelsea, New York
  • Windswept Gallery, Lopez Island, WA

Previous Galleries (not currently showing)

  • River Stone Gallery, Ennis, MT
  • Scott Milo Gallery, Anacortes, WA
  • Gottlieb Gallery, Portland, Oregon
  • Woman Of Steel Gallery, Boise, ID

Professional Affiliations

  • The Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters
  • American Society of Marine Artists
  • The Northwest Pastel Society, past president and signature member.
  • The Lopez Artists’ Guild.
  • Plein Air Painters of Washington
  • Seattle Art Museum - American Art Council member.

Formal Education


  • Boise State University, B.A. Fine Arts/Art Education 1970
  • Washington State University, Master of Fine Arts 1974

Professional


  • Art Instructor, Boise Arts in Education Program 1970
  • Illustrator, U.S. Army, Fort Hood, Texas 1970-1972
  • Painting, Design & Drawing Instructor, Washington State University, 1972-1974
  • Art Instructor, Lopez Island High School 1975-1979
  • Business Owner: Island Graphics & Advertising, Lopez Island, WA 1979-1996
  • Newspaper Publisher & Founder: "The Islands' Weekly Newspaper" - Lopez Island, WA 1983-2000-featuring a monthly fine arts section
  • Active Plein-air Painter & Studio Artist, Lopez Island, 1998-present

 
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