Art Brokerage: Darrell Hill American Artist: b. 1941-2013. Born 1941 in Hillsborough, Illinois, Hill was raised in California where he received formal art instruction at the College of the Sequoias, Fresno State University and Brooks Institute, School of Fine Art, in Santa Barbara. For 18 years, Hill served as vice president and creative director for a major publishing company. "From publishing to painting is not such a big leap," Hill says. "After all, everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words." The subjects of Hill's paintings are as diverse as the Hawaiian paradise in which he lived – beaches, florals, tropics, landscapes and beautiful native people – but the "Hill touch" is unmistakable in each of his works. Strong contrast, bold use of color, and light with surface texture were hallmarks of Hill's paintings. He had a gift for observation and the ability to paint with both freshness and emotion. Darrell Hill paintings, which are featured in collections worldwide, capture the moment of light that often reflects a story. Influential in Hill's work are such artists as Monet, John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Van Gough, Klimt and Gauguin.