Darrell M. Hill (1941 -2013) Perhaps one of the finest "bold" impressionists. Born 1941 in Hillsborough, Illinois and raised in California, he received formal art instruction at the College of the Sequoias, Fresno State University and Brooks Institute, School of Fine Art in Santa Barbara. Hill's love of "light," paint and canvas and his thorough understanding of color theory and paint technique eventually led him to focus on gallery sales of his painting. As demand for his work grew, it eventually became necessary for Darrell to devote his full energies to the creation of larger paintings. Many of his works are over 9 feet. Since making that decision he has enjoyed outstanding and continuing success in his career. His painting career now spans more than two decades. In addition to his beautiful work in oil, Hill also worked in watercolor and drawing. He is the past President of The Holualoa Foundation for Art and Culture. And served as Vice President Creative Director for a major publishing company for 18 years. Darrell Hill lived with his wife Pat, also an artist, in the Hawaiian village of Holualoa. Darrell was an part of the Lahaina Galleries Ohana for over ten years and will be missed by our gallery ohana and his many collectors.
While the subject matter of Hill's paintings is as diverse as the world in which he lives - beaches, tropics and beautiful people - the 'Hill touch' is unmistakable in each of his works. A visual layered paint with strong contrast, incredible use of color, and "Light" with surface texture are hallmarks of his paintings. Hill has a gift for observation and the ability to paint with both freshness and emotion. His paintings capture the moment of light that often reflects a story. The creative work of Darrell Hill has been described as colorful and comforting, warm and inviting and sometimes, courageous.
Influential in Hill's work is such artist as Monet, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Van Gough, Klimt and Gauguin. These artist and travel to Europe, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand and other areas continues to impact his work.
Hill's painting reception 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, England, New Zealand, Norway and Europe. Included among Hill's private collectors are many prominent persons from the business world, executive and manger purchases from Revlon Cosmetics, Notica Clothing, American Airlines, Four Season's Resort, Senators, and Doctor's. Other collectors are Lawyers and Business owners, and perhaps most significantly of all, the art community itself.
Darrell Hill experienced a number of successful one-man shows. His works have been included in exhibitions at Holualoa Art Center, Mauna Lani Hotel, Security National Bank, College of the Sequoias, Santa Barbara Institute of the Arts, Brooks College, Holualoa Gallery, Hawaii, Studio Seven Gallery, Hawaii and others. His work was also selected and featured in Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX.
Darrell Hill's own collection contemporary artist include: Jeremy Lipking, Milt Kobayashi, Kim English, Joseph Lorusso, John Asaro, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Ken Auster, Malcolm T. Liepke, Ron Hicks, Brad Aldridge, Priscilla Treacy, Joseph Alleman
Hill has provided paintings for non-profit organizations that include; Kona Pregnancy Center, Hawaii Aids, Hawaii Kona Hospital, Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, Kona Art Center, The symphony and Public Library of Kona.
Many publications have featured Hill's art in major page ads, including Southwest Art, Art & Antiques, Veranda, and Plein -Air Magazine, Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. His art has been the cover art for Maui Artists, Big Island Visitor. Hill's studio and art was also featured in the Japanese edition of Elle magazine.
Darrell Hill's art is included in fine art prints by Lahaina Galleries Inc., Grande Image Publishing and Collectors Editions Inc.
Professional organizations include: The American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA). The California Art Club, OIL PAINTERS of AMERICA, Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association