A landscape painter compelled by the stories an environment holds, I want people to be inspired by or connect with the natural world around us. I believe it's important for people to have some place or moment in the natural world, whether it's the way the setting sun strikes the leaves of the tree in their backyard, the smell of a coastline they grew up near or an image they see of a mountain they long to visit, that forges a connection between themselves and their environment. My hope is to nourish and preserve these connections.
My work deals with the relationships between an idea of a place, the colors and shapes which form it, and implied narratives. The landscapes I paint evoke memories and feelings of an actual location through the combination of these elements, but the places remain unidentified and details are altered. I’m interested in how far removed a viewer can be from the physical site but still be able to grasp the integral essence of the place. My paintings are typically inspired by personal photographs and memories, and are never completed on site.
I'll often ask friends who travel to places I've never been for the honor of painting from one of their photographs. I'm drawn to the colors and forms within, and to the idea of a place where I've yet to be but was treasured by someone else.
Katie Hillman, Artist and Educator
School and Family Program Educator at the Nassau County Museum of Art
For workshop availability and to contact me directly email: email@example.com
2013 M.S.Ed Bank Street College of Education
2009 B.F.A Adelphi University
Adelphi Alumni Exhibition, Adelphi University Galleries, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD
Isolated visions: Jun Ando, Katie Hillman, and Jacqueline Laurita, Bryant Library, Roslyn, NY
Hoyt Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, Newcastle, PA
Works On Paper, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Irish Repertory Theatre Gala Exhibition, New York, NY