Mike Hill - Fine Artist

Mike Hill

Gresham, OR - United States








Mike Hill

Gresham, OR - United States

Mike Hill - Fine Artist

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May 13th, 2007







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About Mike Hill

I began painting as a child. My mother would giive me pictures to copy,not trace. She would draw wedding cakes, high heel shoes, couples dancing and never a car or truck. She had been a commercial artist during the nineteen thirties and never stopped encouraging me in the arts. After high school I went to California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco . After art college I returned to Portland, Oregon to pursue the art of dentistry. I retired from dentistry last year, but I hope to keep painting until I can no longer hold a brush. I paint realism, but mostly I paint 'realism with an attitude.' I love the ability to enhance what I see with an emphasis on color and light. You'll see colors that might not be so vivid in real life, contrasts may be more pronounced, and people or things may be added that will tell a better story. I do appear in some of my paintings, not as a gimmick, but because many times I fell like part of the scene. Some of my favorite subjects are cars, buildings, special florals and special people. As an artist you can see the nuances and the nostalgia that a scene might bring, and I work hard to bring out these special feelings. You see under, around and through the subjects, and you love the absence and presence of objects. Life is precious and even more so when you can recreate it on paper. Every year brings new surprises and these last years have been no exception. Four of my paintings were in 'SPLASH 9, THE BEST OF WATERCOLOR','SPLASH 10' and now in 2012 ... SPLASH 13. I'm a signature member of the NWWS and in 2005 I became a grandfather. I must say that life doesn't get any better than that.

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Qualita Italiano by Mike Hill


His and Hers Packard 1932 by Mike Hill


America At Its Best by Mike Hill


Come Get Your Kicks by Mike Hill


Peppermint Moment by Mike Hill


Summertime Irises by Mike Hill


Blind Luck Lilies by Mike Hill


Seventh Heaven by Mike Hill


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Give Me Your Answer Do by Mike Hill


Christmas On Main Street by Mike Hill


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My Gouache Christmas Already by Mike Hill


I'll Follow The Sun by Mike Hill


Another Morning in Maui by Mike Hill


Simply Delicious by Mike Hill


Gone To Iraq by Mike Hill


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Roadmaster by Mike Hill


Bugatti by Mike Hill


Tails of Two Pretties by Mike Hill


An American Classic by Mike Hill


Hilda Hogs and Harleys by Mike Hill

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