I wanted to feel something.....

Artist - Toria Hill

I create large, bold acrylic paintings using spray paint, acrylic ink, charcoal and found words and images.  I rarely use a paintbrush but instead flood my canvases with layers of ink and water to create luminous images appropriate for the subject matter.  My style is simply deep contemplation of the subject at hand and then attack and resolve. 

My degree (and most of my life’s work) is in Psychology which leads my work towards the subconscious, mental processes, and intuitiveness.  Although I am a figurative painter, what inspires me is what lies beneath the surface of a human being – their thoughts, fears, secrets - their hidden motives, and desires. 

I wasn't an artist growing up, my brother was, but he tragically took his own life in 1990 and all of his paintings and art supplies were boxed up and kept in my parents garage.  In 2007, after my parents died, I was sifting through their things and came across this box.  Day after day I would return to that box to discover a new tool.  One day I drew with pencils, the next it was charcoal.  Soon I was exploring with the paints and as they say - the rest is history.  I lost myself in a depression, but when I found myself again - I was an artist. 

While taking a writing course in college, I learned of the term “hope-punk”. This is a strange phrase that seeks to describe that “THING” that heroes have.  It is the strength to choose hope, to choose right, to believe that even against all odds, they will prevail.  To be happy - despite a dire circumstance.  Those who possess this thing called “hope-punk” will run in – when others are running out.  Ever since I learned of this phrase – my goal has been to somehow portray it. 

My work has been highly influenced by fauvism with influence coming from the artist Van Gogh, Kees Van Dongen and Henri Matisse.   

I studied art at Arrowmont School of Craft in Tennessee and have taken many art courses along the way.  


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