Gerald C. Hill
February 22, 2020
If you have ever wondered who the artist is behind our beautiful boat festival posters here is a little background on Mr. Gerald C. Hill.
Each year Mr. Hill starts in the fall working out the subject matter for our posters and then the work of art comes alive for all of us to enjoy. At our Saturday evening dinner at the boat festival the original artwork is usually auctioned off.
Gerald C. Hill, brings more than thirty years of experience in advertising and graphic design to the world of fine art. His technical expertise along with his finely tuned “eye” for beauty and interest in a wide range of subject matter has earned him a loyal following.
Mr. Hill is known as both a “Down East” painter and also as a Midwest Landscape artist. Born in the Midwest for many years he has been a pleasure sailor on the Great Lakes. Known there for the consistently high quality of his art he has been awarded numerous regional and national awards. His original works of art are highly prized and can be found in private collections throughout the United States and in many foreign countries including South America, Japan, Korea, Europe and Africa.
His love of the water has carried him far beyond the Midwest – he is equally at home on the Atlantic Coast. There he searches out the rich legacy of the seas, the boats, the buildings, the lighthouses, the sea life and the people. All are subject matter for his paintings. Spending much of his time painting “on location”, visitors to the coast often enjoy watching him “in action”.
He explains his love of the water; “It is ever changing. Predictable, yet always surprising; Untamable, whether calm or raging. When sailing on it, or painting with it… it is always fascinating”.
Mr. Hill is considered a watercolor purist seldom using black or white pigments. The bright whites seen in the paintings are achieved by allowing the white paper to show through. The dark shades, while at first seeming to be black, are achieved through a masterful blending of many colors. Every brushstroke in his original watercolors is artistically made. In this way “transparent” pigments are built up on the surface of the paper to create an image and a mood. Look closely at Mr. Hill’s paintings. You’ll recognize his masterfull ability to capture the spirit as well as the likeness of a subject.
You are sure to experience many hours of enjoyment when you choose artwork by The American Landmark Artist Gerald C. Hill.
I am very fortunate to own a beautiful painting of “Knotty Blonde” that Mr. Hill painted several years ago hanging in my home.