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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Steve Hill Pastel Workshop April 7th & 8th

Click this link to see details and register for my 2 day Intensive Pastel Painting Workshop at The Oldfield Western Heritage Center, April 7 & 8.  A complete basic pastel materials and supply list will be sent upon registration, with a 10% discount from Dakota Pastels, the world's largest pastel supplier, located in little old Mt. Vernon, WA!

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Intro to Pastels Workshop, March 29-31, 2023 at Dakota Pastels, Mt. Vernon, WA

Join me to learn the basics of the pastel medium in this 3 day intensive workshop at Dakota, right in the large classroom space and warehouse of the world's largest supplier of pastel products. I have taught hundreds of students (from beginners to advanced) solid methods of pastel application that are not offered in any other workshop venue. Techniques for effectively using Hard Sticks, Soft Sticks and Pan Pastels, together with various pastel surfaces are all comprehensively covered in this workshop. Creative mark making with different pastel stroke pressures, stroke directions, color layering, blending to achieve luminosity, opacity and everything in between are demonstrated and taught in easy-to-understand ways.

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10 Days Painting and Touring in Croatia 2022

Join me September 30-October 9, 2022 for my next painting holiday with Lynda Milina, in sunny Croatia. 

Limited to 14 sign-ups, this will be my 5th plein air painting tour on Korcula Island. Fabulous food, wonderful accommodations, all inclusive at just $3100.

New video recordings

Very excited to announce that I have been working with professional videographer, Maggie Dominguez, who's been taking live recordings of me painting on site in the Skagit Valley, over the past 2 weeks. We will be publishing the first of those videos in my May 2021, monthly newsletter, "Art in View" complete with audio, as I touch on what's going though my mind, hands and pastels, while I do of one of my plein air paintings from start-to-finish. The painting took over 2 hours, but Maggie is editing it down to under 3 minutes. There's more to it than meets the casual eye - weather, especially atmosphere in the Skagit Valley, light, mood, fleeting moments, interpretation and colors all play a huge role that affects the process and outcome of any painting!

Stay tuned and please subscribe to "Art in View". I always write something new and interesting about the art world (think future, present and past) together with images of new paintings, shows, competitions, plus brief stories about luminaries I've met along the way. 

This monthly communique is also the best way to see my latest artwork before anyone else.  Sign up for Art In View.

Recordings of my On-line Classes in Pastel with French Escapade

Jackie Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, has just sent the recordings for my 3 workshops last year that are posted on her website, and for sale.

If you missed any of these and want to settle in and follow easy step-by-step instructions to paint-along, these are for you! A farmhouse in Tuscany, a Windmill in Belgium and a Pier in Monterey California are the subjects amd I do provide feedback on-line for anyone who buys these and wants to share their work for critique.  Check them out and hope to see your work!