Today we’d like to introduce you to John L Hill.
John L, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a Celebrity Portrait Artist. I became interested in art at an early age since my father was an artist before me. I began practicing artwork consistently when I was nine years old, mainly creating cartoons and competing with my peers to see who could draw specific characters the best. By the time I was ten years old, I began creating portraits and started developing the skills it took to create one successfully.
For a long time, I would use pencils, colored pencils and pens to create my work. When I became of age, I got into tattooing, and then after a few years of that, I moved back into creating work with only pen on canvas. It didn’t take long for me to realize that my work was highly skillful but not so creative, so I moved into painting in 2018 to express myself through color. This transition allowed me to step outside of what I was used to when creating and opened the door for my creative juices to flow. Painting and developing creativity with paint has led me to create for hundreds of amazing collectors including a number of celebrities.
Has it been a smooth road?
Being an artist and making it your career has not been a smooth road. At the end of 2016, I quit my day job so that I could pursue art full time and a pen artist. At first, it was tough finding people who wanted to buy my artwork. Eventually, the excessive time that it took to create large drawings with pen, and the small number of collectors who I could reach were part of the driving force that led me to start painting. When I started painting, I was introduced to a wider range of collectors, but it was hard for me to break out of my “perfectionist” shell and be creative. I had a hard time accepting that there really weren’t rules to creating art and expressing myself. I had to practically “unlearn” what I had known all of my life about art and become an entirely new artist. This allowed me to become more creative, which was an amazing addition to the skill that I already had.
Please tell us more about your art.
My business, John L. Hill Art, revolves around myself as an artist, the things that I create, and the experiences that I give. I specialize in creating artwork, mainly portraits, and I am known for creating pieces that are both realistic and also very creative. Whenever I create, I do not want to create just another “realistic picture,” I want to create something that looks like a painting. I want to create something that a camera cannot capture. All of my artwork is the sum of everything that I have ever learned as an artist, and that is one thing that sets me apart from others. I pour myself into my work and I express the love and passion that I have for art in everything that I do and every piece that I create. I am most proud of the growth that I have made over my lifetime and the success that I have found in influencing people through my work. My ultimate goal is to become a highly in-demand artist who positively influences everyone who looks at my creations.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Yes, I’ve been able to work with so many celebrities in L.A. I never set out to appeal to that audience however many of L.A finest actually own some of my pieces.
John L Hill