Toria Hill

HOW I STARTED:   It's a sad story with a victorious ending!

I wasn't an artist growing up, my brother was and he was my very best friend.  I remember watching him draw and paint for hours.  I wished that I could do that to.  He won awards in school and my favorite part of my teenage years was sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to go TAG walls with him. 

Life was good - UNTIL IT WASN'T. 

 In his late teens there was a change in my brother - and he began his fight with depression.  In 1990 he tragically took his own life, and it destroyed our family - and as you can imagine - it destroyed me. 

In my parent’s pain, they boxed up all his things and put them away, and we all moved on as best we could.  Then, in 2007, my parents passed and being the only child, I was left to sort through the emotions and their things - alone.  As I was doing this, I came across the box of my brothers art supplies.  Somehow, holding my brothers paint brushes made me feel closer to him.  I poured the box out on the floor and each day I would return to the box and play with the things it held.  I can remember lying on the floor dragging the charcoal across the canvas until the entire canvas was black.  

"I lost myself in a depression, but when I found myself again

- I was an artist."

WHY I PAINT:   At first, I painted simply to feel closer to my family.  But as the years passed it became more than that. 

Art became my way to feel good - it literally became my anti-depressant. 

 As I thought about my subject matter and the legacy I wanted to leave behind, I realized that the legacy I wanted to leave was literally IN MY OWN HANDS.  

 The rest, as they say, is history and I have been painting HAPPY ever since.   I choose to paint happy moments, happy people and anything that feels spiritual to me.  I want my work to represent the good, and to remind the viewer that moments are fleeting.  Good and bad intertwine and have fluid movement.  Even if you are in the dark right now, light is only a click away and I hope you hang on long enough to be happy again.  

Today - I can honestly say, despite my past, I am pretty freaking happy! 

For real Happy!!!

Full of life and joy and good times and big, belly laughing, full face smiles.

I hope my work is your antidepressant too!  



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