Catherine Hillis, Saint Simons Island, Georgia
Catherine Hillis has always been an achiever in the arts As a youngster, she won awards for her artwork and she acted and modeled in print and television ads, later majoring in theater. The artist is drawn to scenes that are neglected, finding intrinsic beauty in the most forgotten of places.
Working both outdoors and in the studio, she travels extensively to plein air competitions including Cape Ann Plein Air; Sedona Plein Air; Easels in Frederick; Los Gatos Plein Air; Paint Annapolis; Parrsboro Plein Air, Nova Scotia; Curacao Plein Air; Winter Park Plein Air Invitational; Paint the Peninsula; Plein Air Painters of the Southeast; Bucks County Plein Air and Finger Lakes, New York. The artist's biography has been included in Who’s Who Among American Women since 2006.
Awards of note include the 2019 Best Manchester by the Sea painting in Cape Ann Plein Air; Best in Show at Piedmont Plein Air in High Point, NC in 2015; the 2018 Guerilla Painter Award (Seven Canyons) in Sedona Plein Air; 3rd Place in the 2019 Quick Draw in Parrsboro International Plein Air, 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; Best Nocturnal in Mountain Maryland Plein Air in 2014 and Honorable Mention in 2012 and Juror's Choice in Ellicott City, Maryland, 2013; Bold Brush “Best Watercolor” Awards in 2018 and 2019; as well as awards from the New England Watercolor Society, the Mid-Atlantic Watercolor Society, the Georgia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Rockies West National, among others. The artist's biography has been included in Who’s Who Among American Women since 2006. She’s a multiple FASO finalist and winner and has presented demonstrations and workshops at art centers and museums throughout the country; her paintings are in corporate, personal and museum collections around the world.
Most recent publications include Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, 3 articles in American Watercolor Weekly (as of November 2019) and Watercolor Artist Magazine. She’s been featured in Splash 12, Splash 14 and Splash18, 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, and her most recent article was published in "Watercolor Artist Magazine" in April, 2017.
Her distinguished exhibition history includes the Museum of Dinan, FR, the Quingdao Laotian Museum of Art, China, Strathmore Hall in Washington, DC, the Arts Club of Washington, DC, the Museum of Blowing Rock, NC and many national and international watercolor exhibitions. Her work is featured in galleries across the country. Hillis has earned eight national Signature Memberships and was a juried member of the distinguished Washington Society of Landscape Painters. Artist in Residencies include Dinan, France and Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
The artist maintains a working studio on Saint Simons Island, GA.