From his very early years, Tom Hill wanted to be an artist. Drawings he made as a six year old so impressed his teacher that they were displayed in the school’s main lobby for everyone to see. Tom was always acknowledged to be the “best” artist in his class and was awarded a full scholarship to California’s Art Center College of Design.
While serving as an artist for the Navy in Hawaii, he fell in love with and painted the beautiful Hawaiian landscape and had his first one-man show at the Honolulu Academy of the Arts. Returning to civilian life, Hill joined Universal Studios in Hollywood, where he produced illustrations of proposed movie sets. Later the Chicago Tribune hired Hill as a special staff artist to make paintings for their Sunday Magazine. He later moved to New York where he produced art for national magazines and businesses.
Through all these years, Hill pursued fine art painting. He was elected a lifetime member of the American Watercolor Society, an academician of the National Academy of Design and a member of The Tucson Seven. He has conducted many painting workshops both in the US and abroad, written five books on painting and color and has participated in dozens of group and one-man exhibitions.
Although Hill values his years “back east”, his heart was always in the west where he grew up. Moving to Arizona in 1963, he turned to full-time fine art painting, writing, and travel. Hill and his artist wife Barbara have lived happily in Tubac for over eighteen years.
Image: Tom Hill, “Pleasant Momentos, Oaxaca, Mexico” Gift of Tom and Barbara Hill
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