Teaching Artist/Instructor: Multi-Day Artist Residency for Schools/Classrooms, Workshop Presenter for Schools/Classrooms; Visual Arts: Painting, Works on paper; Watercolor painting studio and plein air
Catherine Hillis: Fine Art Watercolors, Studio Visits by Appointment
Catherine Hillis has enjoyed the arts all her life. She won awards for her artwork as a child and was a musician in high school and college. As a youngster, she acted and modeled in print and television ads, later majoring in Theatre at the University of Georgia. She knew she would always be involved in the arts in some way.
Her journalist husband’s career took her to different cities, finally settling in the Virginia and Washington D.C. area, where she established her reputation as a fine art water color artist and a popular instructor. In late 2017, she moved to St. Simons Island, on the coast of southern Georgia, to continue her work, inspired by the low country, the beach and the spirit of the area.
Hillis works both in the studio and outdoors. During the past few years, the artist has traveled extensively to plein air competitions, fulfilling her love for painting nature and history. She is drawn to scenes that are often forgotten or neglected and finds the intrinsic beauty in them. Hillis believes that observation is her best teacher and she is known for the effect of light and movement in her work.
Hillis has won hundreds of awards and honors at competitive shows regionally and nationally. She has earned eight Signature Memberships from national watercolor organizations and was one of 40 elected members of the prestigious Washington Society of Landscape Painters and is now an elected member of the Georgia Coastal Artists Guild.
The artist regularly competes in international watercolor exhibitions as well as plein air competitions and invitational shows. She served as artist in residence in Dinan, France (2007) and at Hot Springs National Park (2010). Catherine Hillis is also a respected instructor teaching classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and at Frederick Community College as well as workshops nationally and abroad. Her watercolor paintings are included in museum, corporate and personal collections and has been published in many venues, including Plein Air Magazine, American Artist Magazine, Splash 12, Splash 14, Splash 18, the Artistic Touch series of water-media books, The Washington Post, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans, Volume 1 and the Best of Virginia Artists & Artisans 2005. Her article "Ten Tools for Better Watercolors" was published in American Artist Magazine in September, 2006. You may see Hillis teaching a series of brief watercolor lessons on MonkeySee.com. Please visit www.catherinehillis.com for more information regarding galleries, original artwork and classes or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paintings by the artist are regularly selected for international watercolor exhibitions and she has been invited to participate in plein air competitions and invitationals, including Easels in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland; Finger Lakes, NY; Wekiva Paint Out; Curacao Plein Air; Winter Park Plein Air Invitational, FL; Los Gatos Plein Air, California; Paint the Peninsula, Port Angeles, Washington; Gadsden, AL Plein Air Painters of the Southeast; Wekiva Island Plein Air Invitational, FL; Bucks County Plein Air, PA and Cashiers, NC. Her most recent plein air awards include the 2015 Best in Show at Piedmont Plein Air in High Point, NC; honorable mention in Shadows on the Teche, 2016; Award of Merit, Gadsden, Alabama, 2016; an honorable mention in the 2015 Curacao Plein Air Quick Draw; honorable mention in the 2012 Mountain Maryland Plein Aire competition and a Juror's Choice in Ellicott City, Maryland, 2013 and Best Nocturnal, Mountain MD 2014. The artist's biography has been included in Who’s Who Among American Women since 2006.
Watch the artist teaching a series of brief watercolor lessons on MonkeySee.com.
During 2018, the artist has accepted invitations to paint in the following plein air competitions:
Plein Air Fun Fest, Palm Beach 2018.
Wekiva Paint Out, Orlando, FL, March 2018.
St. George Island Paint Out, FL, April 2018.
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Gadsden Museum of Art, Gadsden, AL, April 2018.
Cashiers, NC Plein Air Festival, July 2018.
Signature Memberships: San Diego Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Western Colorado Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Coastal Georgia Artists Guild.
Annapurna Productions, Washington DC landscapes selected for a movie (information to be revealed summer 2018.)
"Gift from the Sea," accepted into the International Exhibition in Quingdao Laotian Museum of Art, China, June 2018.
3rd Place, First Coast Plein Air Painters, Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, March 2018.
1st Place and 3rd place, Watercolors, Jekyll Island Arts Association, March 2018.
The Ludwig Framemakers Award, Plein Air Fun Fest, Palm Beach, FL for " '33 Ford."
Western Colorado WC Society 2017 National Exhibition, Daler Rowney Award.
Watercolor Artist Magazine, selected author in April 2017 issue.
FAV 15% (jurys favorite 15% of the entries) in the September 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition, "Urban Canvas."
FAV 15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the July 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition, "Connected."
FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the March 2017 BoldBrush Painting competition, "Year of the Rooster."
SPLASH 18, competition winner, 2016.
Outstanding Watercolor, Bold Brush Competition, April 2016. http://faso.com/boldbrush/winners/180
Best Watercolor, The Sid Platt Award of $500, The Art League, October, 2016, The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA. https://www.theartleague.org/files/fckfiles/Op%20Ed%202016-3.pdf
Honorable Mention, Shadows on the Teche Plein Air competition, New Iberia, LA, 2016.
Award of Merit, Plein Air Painters of the Southeast, Gadsden, AL, 2016.
Best in Show, Piedmont Plein Air Competition, 2015.
Honorable Mention, Quick Draw, Curacao Plein Air, 2015.
Honorable Mention, Georgia Watercolor Society International Exhibition, 2015.
Potomac Valley Watercolorists Award, Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid Atlantic Regional Exhibition, 2015.
2nd Place, Clifton Plein Air, Clifton, VA, 2015.
'Best Waterford Scene' and 'Best Watercolor', Waterford, VA, 2015.
Finalist, Splash, 2015, Northlight Publications.
Honorable Mention, Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Exhibition, 2014.
Best Nocturnal, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, 2014.
The Jack Richeson Award, Rockies West National Exhibition, 2013.
Ed Longley Memorial Award, Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid Atlantic Exhibition, 2013.
Cheap Joe's Award, West Virginia Aqueous National Exhibition, Monongalia Art Center, Summer 2013.
Juror's Choice Award, Ellicott City "Paint It, Ellicott" Plein Air competition, 2013.
Honorable Mention, Mountain Maryland Plein Air competition, 2013.
1st Place and 2nd Place, Watercolors, Waterford Fair, VA, 2013.
Jack Richeson Award, Rockies West National Watercolor Exhibition, Grand Junction, CO, 2013.
1st Place in Watercolors, Waterford, VA, 2012.
West Charlton Award, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Exhibit, 2012, State Museum of PA.
Honorable Mention, Mountain Maryland Plein Air, 2012.
Potomac Valley Watercolorists Award, Virginia Watercolor Society Annual State Exhibit, 2012.
1st Place Watercolors, Waterford, VA, 2010.
Honorable Mention, New England Watercolor Society Biennial, 2010.
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