Michael John Hill
lives in Coldean, Sussex in England. His talent and interest in art
developed early in life, but his only formal training came during his
primary years in school. Considered a self-taught artist, Hill's endless
details in his traditional landscapes recall the style of the Old
He first began
exhibiting in London's Green Park off Piccadilly Street just north of
Buckingham Palace. Hill continued showing his work in Green Park for 18
years which is where he was first discovered by Marshall Field's London
office. The retail giant purchased his paintings and sent them to
Chicago, his American career popularity prospered.
Michael arrived in
America for the first time in 1993. Michael worked in Chicago, he
married and returned to England. In 1998 Michael came back to the US and
spent 9 1/2
years working and touring.
June 2, 2008, Michael had a fall that has left him seriously ill. He has
temporarily lost his sight and is no longer painting.
Hill blends the
elements of air, water and earth to recapture the early morning mist and
sunlight known to England. He contrasts highly detailed trees against
foggy backgrounds. The end result is artwork that gracefully depicts
serenity and peace. Some have even referred to the meditative quality of
recommend hanging the paintings at eye level to best enjoy the daily
transformation. To the artist, his detailed trees depict people in his
life. For example, a cluster of larger and smaller trees may represent a
family. Many trees are painted with entwined limbs representing a loving
couple. Ultimately, Hill leaves it up to the viewer to draw from their
own life and determine meaning in the painting.
He uses a
combination of oil and acrylic paint to achieve his signature effects.
Careful selection of undertones and canvas add to the painting's
atmosphere. The impressions of changing natural light can be seen
throughout the day in his artwork.