Ria Hills is a self-taught working artist who paints predominantly with pastels. She has 40 years of professional experience in graphic design and as a fine artist. Hills has won awards and exhibited throughout New England including shows at The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA., The Preservation Framer and Gallery in North Attleboro, MA and Gallery 53 in Meriden, CT. The February 2013 issue of The Pastel Journal Magazine featured her food art paintings.
Hills’ started out painting in many mediums and subjects. In 2006 she set a goal to complete a painting a day making small works more affordable to collectors. As her body of work developed, a pattern began to emerge revealing mainly still life subjects. Although the artist’s work is not limited to the still life genre, she learned that still life subjects translate well into a small painting format. They challenge her to dig deeper into the details, which is what draws her to simple subjects.
Her method is conventional working from hard to soft pastels in layers. Hills’ focus is on shapes, color and light, and the challenge of finding the right balance between them. The motion of light that plays on a still object intrigues the artist.
Ria’s work is part of a permanent collection at The Preservation Framer and Gallery in N. Attleboro, MA. Works held in private collections in the Continental US, South America, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany and Saudi Arabia.
Ria was born in The Netherlands, raised in New York, and presently paints in her home studio in Uxbridge, MA.
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