Artist Catherine Hillis

Artist Catherine Hillis



Floral Still Life, watercolor by Catherine Hillis

Still Life, “Garden Seat”, watercolor by Catherine Hillis


Floral Still Life, “Poppies”, watercolor by Catherine Hillis


Floral Still Life, “Shy Guys”, watercolor by Catherine Hillis


Still Life, watercolor by Catherine Hillis


Catherine Hillis has painted all her life, winning awards and honors at competitive shows regionally and nationally, earning Signature Membership status in the Southern Watercolor Society, Virginia Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Potomac Valley Watercolor Society. During the summer of 2010, the United States Department of the Interior awarded her a position as Artist in Residence in Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. One of her paintings was published in “Splash 12,” a collection of 100 American watercolor paintings, in May, 2011 and she won the May 2010 “Creativity Challenge” in the online version of Watercolor Artist Magazine. In July, 2007, she was awarded a grant by “Les Amis de la Grande Vignes” to serve as artist in residence in Dinan, France.

Mrs. Hillis primarily paints in watermedia, including busy street scenes, intricate florals, and her favorite, the historic sites near her home on the Blue Ridge in Northern Virginia. The hallmarks of her work are rich color and a touch of humor. She frequently paints abroad, most recently in Europe and Asia and has been invited to teach in May 2011 at “Il’ Chiostro” in Tuscany, Italy.

Her video series of Watercolor Tips posted on You Tube show her practical and insightful teaching methods. You can also see the artist teach a series of brief lessons at (type in watercolors onto the subject line). Mrs. Hillis is currently available to teach workshops, present demonstrations and judge for your organization.

The artist’s work was featured in “Best of American Watercolorists, 2007.

Mrs. Hillis garnered second place in watercolors for the state of Virginia in 2005. Her work was published in the book, “Best of Virginia Artists and Artisans, 2005. Her biography is included in “Who’s Who Among American Women, 2006,’07, ‘08, ‘09 and 2010.” Four of her paintings were selected as the cover art for the National Journal of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

In September, 2006, her article “Ten Tools for Better Watercolors” was published in American Artist Magazine ( She serves as an artist representative for Trekell Brush Company (




Catherine Hillis’ work may be seen in the following galleries:


Still Life Gallery

8173 Main St

Ellicott City, MD 21043 (410) 461-1616



Art Square

Leesburg, VA,


Applegate Framing and Gallery

101 Church St NW

Vienna, VA 22180 (703) 281-1364


The Bridge Fine Arts and Framing Gallery

8566 Shepherdstown Pike,

Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD


Orange Arts Center, Orange, VA,


Belle Maison Home Furnishings

170 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA,


Everyday Elegance
600 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA


Upcoming Exhibitions


August 2012


Dare County Arts Council
300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo, NC 27954

Watercolors by Catherine Hillis”



November 2012


Art Square
12 Cardinal Place Drive SE
Leesburg, VA 20175