Steven Hill portrait

Steven Hill

My passion is to search out subjects that speak directly to me, while working with all my senses on full speed to create, express and interpret landscapes, people and objects in a color-charged language. My process always includes capturing the effects of light and motion, mood and emotion, which is why I prefer pastels for quickly getting to the essence of my subjects.

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"Aleck Bay Daybreak" . . . and unframed, signed original pastels

Look on this web site in the Art Gallery under "Recent" and find "Aleck Bay Daybreak", which was  painted en plein air, May 5, 2020, on Lopez Island.

It is one of many unframed original pastels, that can be acquired at Windswept Fine Art Gallery, for half the price of a "framed" original. It's a great way to build your art collection in an affordable way. 11x14 original, would frame to @ 17x20.

Framed price at our gallery: $1400.   Unframed, it is just $700. 

We ship these in special secured protective hinged mats, inside sealed plastic sleeves and padded cartons, with complete "Pastel Framing Instructions" that you can take to any frame shop, choose your own molding, style & color, and have a quality frame with museum glass made for @$200. Or order standard size frames on-line and make it a DIY.

Do the math $1400 vs @$900 . . . and you pick a frame that suits your taste and art budget.


Online Pastel Class With French Escapade, May 16

Just got word that we have 12 registered with room for only 4 more, for my 4 hour, on-line, virtual pastel painting class next Saturday, May 16 (10-2 pst)

This is an instructional active painting class, moderated by Jackie Grandchamps of French Escapade, where I will be doing a step-by-step narrated painting demo in pastel, (a Tuscan farm scene, in late afternoon light) while everyone paints along with me. Learn the simple techniques for how to make your landscape paintings work every time, from the comfort of your home/studio.

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Web Site Refreshed

For the past year, I have been collaborating with my son, to redesign my web site, cataloging nearly a thousand of my painting images (done over the past 20 years), into a more usable, updated format. Believe me, painting them was a lot easier than doing all the necessary work to organize into an interactive system that displays my paintings by category/location/genre, in a complete on-line Art Gallery.  Even the never-ending tasks of bookkeeping and locating older, sold originals are now simplified, on the back-end for me and I could have never done this without Aaron's expert help!

Please message me, just to say "hi" and give me your feedback on the revamped site. It's still a work in progress, but vastly improved already.

Check-out the Art Gallery, mouse over any image to get price, size, and title, then message me for any you might have an interest in acquiring. Free Shipping on any originals purchased from Windswept Fine Art Gallery, via insured UPS, anywhere in the continental U.S. You may see a painting you have purchased in the Art Gallery Pages, as well as all other pieces by similar location and genre. Works from 14 European countries, all over north America and even Cuba, are now available and ready to view.

Also check-out the Events sections, if you would like to register for a one day pastel landscape painting workshop (4 hours) with me and Jackie Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, on May 16th, from the safety of your own home/studio!

Santa Fe Plein Air Convention & Expo

Malecon Tempo
Malecon Tempo
A Major Art World Event coming - up in Santa Fe, NM!!

I am going to Santa Fe, NM for the 7th Annual PACE Convention (Plein Air Convention & Expo), starting next Monday, April 16, organized by B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of both Plein Air Magazine and Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

There are nearly 1,100 artists registered to attend this big annual 5 day convention, which features many art events, workshops and live demos with masters from the art world, plein air painting sites in and around Santa Fe like Chimayo, Taos, The Ghost Ranch and others. I will be out there every day painting on-site with literally hundreds of other artists! It will be the largest single gathering of plein air artists in the world, and underscores what has become the largest movement in art history.

Pelindaba Path II
Pelindaba Path II
One of the big events is a 4 day Art Show with framed works on easels by many of the artist attendees and I will have two easels with original works for sale during the exhibit. Three of those are pictured here: “Pelinadaba Lavender Farm Path I & II, and “Malecon Tempo, Havana” from my recent plein air trip to Cuba. I plan to also exhibit at least one of the paintings I’ll be doing around Santa Fe during the big event and will post it on Face Book and Instagram from Santa Fe.

Pelindaba Path I
Pelindaba Path I
The art exhibit is at The Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Hotel, from 4/16-4/19 only (and closes at 3 p.m. on the 19th).

I am also in the process of remodeling my own web-site to make a more active gallery, periodic art newsletter, update my gallery pages and post new work as it is done, so watch for that transition in the very near future!

Featured Artist at Scott Milo Gallery

Late Afternoon Light at Lovric's Boatyard
Late Afternoon Light at Lovric's Boatyard
I am very excited to be featured artist at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes, WA for the month of February and just delivered 15 new paintings to the gallery today for the opening reception this Friday, February 2 from 6-9 p.m.

Fourteen of these are plein air landscapes in pastel, from Cuba, Croatia, Belgium, Idaho (river paintings) and of course the San Juan Islands and the Skagit Valley.

One of my new pieces is a 37” diameter canvas (2” depth) that looks as much like a wall sculpture as a painting. It can be easily rotated 360 degrees to change orientation – there’ s no reference to horizontal, like looking down into a watery rhythm of shape, form and color. It is titled “Perpetual Motion”, oil paint on linen canvas and priced at $7000.

Perpetual Motion - 37
Perpetual Motion - 37
I am working on 3 more of these canvases at present, both 37” and 48” diameters) which are Belgian Linen stretched on custom laminated cabinet grade plywood armatures that are @ 2” in depth and that form a perfect circular “frame” without using molding. They are lightweight and incredibly strong construction to be able to hang on a traditional gallery picture hanger - the kind you can buy at any hardware store and easily mount into a sheet rock or plaster wall.

I did a series of circular canvases back in my Graduate School Days at WSU and decided to re-visit the concept with this new series. I now have a better construction method (a cabinet maker friend who can cut perfect circles) and better materials to seal, paint and varnish the finished piece (Gamblin products).