Not only is Kathy Hill a well know animal portraitist in the Tri-Valley, but also has a long history with the Art Under the Oaks show, one of the largest and most successful art shows in the Tri-Valley sponsored by the Livermore Art Association (LAA) and Alden Lane Nursery.
Kathy knew early in life, that her love of animals would direct her other love in life, art. Right out of high school, Kathy started her art training at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco but left after only two weeks because her teachers would not let her paint only animals. Instead of formal art schooling, Kathy went to work with a horse trainer and while working with the horses, started taking their pictures and painting their portraits on wood. Kathy’s first art show was in Concord, where she not only got positive reviews and sales of her work but commissions. Kathy’s career as a professional artist was born.
Although Kathy’s work can be seen at many art shows in the Livermore area, one of her favorite shows is Art Under the Oaks, which she helped start 30 years ago and was show chair of for seven years during its early conception. These early shows were focused very much on the local arts and provided a venue where both the artists and crafters could show their work together.
With the beautiful remodel of Alden Lane Nursery a few years ago and through encouragement from the nursery and the LAA, the Art Under the Oaks show has blossomed since its early days. Although focused on local artists, it also attracts artists from further away, including the Northern San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Despite the changes, Kathy can still be seen at the show, displaying her work and sitting under her umbrella and painting.
Kathy’s income from the Art Under the Oaks show consists of both sales of artworks she has on display at the show and from after show commissions from show visitors who get paintings done of their furry or feathered friends. Kathy counts a show a success not by how much money she makes but by how many fellow artists she gets to chat to, how many show patrons she gets to share her work with and most of all, how many dogs she gets to pet.
Come see not only Kathy’s work but all the talented artists, who will have their work on display at the Art Under the Oaks show on July 16th and 17th from 11 am to 4 pm at Alden Lane Nursery.