Monday, March 11, 2013

Ria Hills

“Stangl Pottery” © Ria Hills

Name: Ria Hills
Bio: Ria Hills was born in The Netherlands, raised in New York and now lives in rural Massachusetts. In 2006 she joined The Daily Painters in order to make small works more affordable to collectors. Ria is a member of the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Blackstone Valley Art Association.  Her work can be found in private collections throughout the Americas and Europe.
In December 2009 Ria was selected as a finalist in the still life category of The Artist’s Magazine 26th Annual Art Competition, chosen from 11,000 entries nationwide in the US. In February 2013 the Pastel Journal featured Ria’s work in a piece called titled “Food for Thought”, together with Lisa Ober and Karen Howard.
Medium: Pastel; oil; acrylic.
Subjects: Landscape; figurative; food; pets.
Style: Representational. Ria cites her influences as Georgia O’Keeeffe and Maxfield Parrish.
Technique: Ria says: “For my pastel work I prefer Wallis sanded pastel paper and Art Spectrum Colourfix boards for surfaces. Both papers provide the tooth I need to apply many layers of pastel. My method is conventional – I work from hard to soft pastels in layers. I start each painting with pastel pencils, carefully drawing my shapes. I then block in my colors and shapes with Nupastel and work my way up in layers using progressively softer pastels. I use only my fingers for blending.”
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Gallery (click on the titles, not the images): Food Art; Still Life; Outdoors; Animals; People; Surreal; Buildings; Interiors; Florals;  Oils and Acrylics.
Image View:  Thumbnails open in a pop-up viewer on the same page and can be viewed serially. Dimensions are not listed. Download is possible.  Stangl Pottery is 539 x 600, 224 KB.
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  1. Thank you for the post! I just found it.
    Much appreciated . . . back to reading your blog

    1. Hello Ria - glad you like it. Enjoy the other entries; I'll try to add more as I have the time.