My name is Danielle Hill, I am 18 years old, and I am a senior at Rockland High School. I have been graced with the honor of being Chief Art Editor of Images Magazine here at Rockland High School. I am also a member of the Art Club, Secretary of the Theater Guild, and keep a part-time job as a cashier at Michael’s Arts and Crafts Store. Although my schedule is always very busy I manage to find time to read, draw in my sketchbook, and spend time with my wonderful boyfriend, Dan. Next year I hope to be enrolled in an art college as an illustration major. Art is a large part of who I am and I can not imagine a life without it.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
My favorite medium to use is watercolors. Its ability to shape itself, blend, and mix is something that I find not only engaging, but extremely unique. Nothing has challenged me more than the elusive and free-spirited water based paints. Although it acts as if it has a mind of its own, I enjoy seeing how each painting creates itself and how the colors will dry.
What artist do you admire and why?
I most admire an artist who calls herself Koyamori. Seeking to create a sustainable and respectable living, Koyamori went to get her bachelor's degree in Botany. However she was not satisfied with just a degree in this field. She had always loved art and wanted to try and make something of it. And so she went back to school for her bachelor's in art. Her style is mostly watercolor paintings of fantasy illustrations of people and nature. She took her love for plants and applied it to her love of art and created something beautiful. I love the style that she uses and the time that she takes to create each new piece. Her ambition and success inspired me to continue my own art and to try watercolors. It was Koyamori’s art that lead me to finding this amazing medium and I can not imagine where I would be without her.
What inspired you to create these pieces being displayed?
I draw inspiration from a number of sources. I am fascinated by nature and human beings, so many of my pieces contain plant life and people. Two completely different organisms and yet they share many of the same qualities. Plants are simple and beautiful, each one different from the next, much like people. No one is exactly like another, even twins have their distinctions. And capturing this individualized beauty is a skill I hope to master one day. However my rabbit, Nicko, does make an appearance in a lot of my work as well. I am inspired by his gentle and curious nature; it is a disposition that still mesmerizes me.
What are your thoughts on the RHS art department? How has your experience been?
The RHS art department is in definite need of praise. Mrs. Thompson and Mrs.Gibson are amazing teachers and great with their students. The materials that are provided is an artists’ dream come true, various types of paints, ink, pens, wood, transfers, clays, canvases, water colors and cold press paper are just the tip of the iceberg. I have had the best experience being able to try multiple different areas of the arts. Not only 2D but 3D as well, with the addition of the kiln and the 3D art courses a whole subject is open to curious students. This type of interactive and welcoming environment is where I was able to thrive as a budding artist. My first year of high school was when I decided to become an artist and I have to accolade much of my success to my art teachers. I was afraid to invest my life into art because I had heard rumors that it was not a stable career. But the RHS art department showed me that there are plenty of jobs for artists in the world and the industry is growing more and more each year. They helped me see that art takes confidence, sacrifice, and patience. I can only speak highly of the art department.