The powerful and dynamic landscape paintings of American artist Steven R. Hill combine representational subjects with abstract possibilities. Working in pastel on paper, Hill uses this creative approach to capture the immediacy of the moment, no matter the subject. Within each painting, he pushes the limits of color and light, transforming recognizable subjects into so much more. Here, the viewer is invited to find new meanings in common forms and to see the greater depth and beauty of our world.
Primarily, Hill works in plein air, which allows him to capture “the more elusive moment in time, mood, feel, or essence of any given subject.” In part, these paintings are inspired by the artist’s background of formal training in music, which has become interwoven into his work. As he explains, “Musical harmony, tempo, and interpretive themes are not unlike the mechanical relationships I use to explore concepts, visual form, and structure as a painter.” By merging these two worlds, Hill is able to take his paintings to an entirely new and thrilling level.