About darrell hill
Darrell Hill has a gift for observation...
Art connoisseurs consider Darrell M. Hill “one of the finest bold impressionists alive today.” The subjects of Hill’s paintings are as diverse as the Hawaiian paradise in which he lives – beaches, florals, tropics, landscapes and beautiful native people – but the "Hill touch" is unmistakable in each of his works.
Strong contrast, bold use of color, and light with surface texture are hallmarks of Hill’s paintings. He has a gift for observation and the ability to paint with both freshness and emotion. Darrell Hill paintings, which are featured in collections worldwide, capture the moment of light that often reflects a story. They are described as colorful and comforting, warm and inviting and sometimes, courageous.
As demand for his work grew, it became necessary for Hill to devote his full energies to gallery sales and the creation of larger paintings. Many of his works are over nine feet. Since making that decision he has enjoyed outstanding success in his career; which now spans more than two decades. In addition to his beautiful work in oil, Hill also works in watercolor and drawing.
Influential in Hill’s work are such artists as Monet, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Van Gough, Klimt and Gauguin.
His paintings gratify serious collectors...
The interest in Hill's paintings from serious collectors is strong evidence that his paintings will be recognized as an important and permanent part of the best of American fine art created in this century. His paintings are included in hundreds of private and public collections throughout the United States, Japan, New Zealand, England, Norway and other European countries. Included among Hill’s private collectors are many prominent individuals from the business world, and perhaps most significantly, the art community itself.
Darrell Hill has had numerous successful one-man shows. His works have been featured at exhibitions at prestigious locations throughout the Hawaiian islands as well as galleries in California, Oregon and Texas. These include Security National Bank; College of the Sequoias; Lahaina Galleries in Newport Beach and San Francisco, CA and Bend, OR; and the Brooks Institute School of Fine Arts in Santa Barbara, CA. His work was also selected and featured in Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX.
Hill has generously provided paintings for non-profit organizations which include The Pregnancy Center in Kona; Hawaii AIDs Center; Kona Community Hospital; Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture; Kona Art Center; the Big Island Symphony and the Kailua-Kona Library.
Many publications have featured Hill’s art in major page ads, including Southwest Art, Art & Antiques, Veranda, Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Plein Air Magazine which is devoted to the fine art of outdoor painting. His art also has appeared on the cover of Art Guide Maui and Big Island Visitors magazine, and his studio and art was featured in the Japanese edition of Elle magazine.
Born 1941 in Hillsborough, Illinois, Hill was raised in California where he received formal art instruction at the College of the Sequoias, Fresno State University and Brooks Institute, School of Fine Art, in Santa Barbara. For 18 years, Hill served as vice president and creative director for a major publishing company. “From publishing to painting is not such a big leap,” Hill says. “After all, everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Currently Darrell Hill and his wife Pat, who is also an artist, live in upcountry, Kamuela, Hawaii where he has his studio.
Hill has participated in many “Plein Air” events and art shows on the islands of Hawaii and the west coast. These include the Sonoma Plein Air, Napa Valley Art Festival, San Luis Obespo, Maui Plein Air Invitational and others. He also teaches plein air workshops.
Darrell Hill’s originals and limited edition graphics are represented by Lahaina Gallery locations in Hawaii, San Francisco, Newport Beach, and Bend Oregon. Visit www.LahainaGalleries.com • 800-228-2006 Hawaii; 800-788-5008 West Coast; 808-661-MAUI or 808-885-7244 Big Island.
The subjects of Hill’s paintings are as diverse as the Hawaiian paradise in which he lives – beaches, florals, tropics, landscapes and beautiful native people.
As always, the key to Hill’s paintings is the use of light and the emotional comfort and feel of the painting. Hill paintings, which are featured in collections worldwide, capture the moment of light that often reflects a story. They are described as colorful and comforting, warm and inviting and sometimes, courageous.
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This one of many large oils completed by the artist. Tropical Wonder is 60×40, oil on canvas.