Artist’s Statement

Ria Hills
A Pair – pastel painting

My pastel paintings are born from the appreciation of the play of light on common objects or a scene. I enjoy revealing the beauty of simple subjects that are frequently overlooked. The inspiration for a painting often rises from the shape of a piece of fruit, the visual stimulation of the unexpected pairing of objects, or the humor in a formal arrangement of food.

The painting process is a meditative one where the focus is on observing the subtle nuances of shapes and color that will give a painting life. The last mark of pastels is often in an unexpected color that dominates a highlight or shadow.