Clovis artist, Hilda Vandergriff was raised in California. Her art career began after retiring as a high school secretary.
Hilda was introduced to eastern style painting ten years ago. Her Asian inspired paintings are on a variety of rice papers. Some have visible fiber textures, gold speckles or silver treads woven into the paper and some on Chinese silk. They are painted with Chinese ink and watercolor. Some have a suminagashi design. Suminagashi is a Japanese technique once held as a secret. The technique of floating inks and colors on water and transferring them to paper produce a unique marbling effect. Hilda uses calligraphy and seal chop. Hilda paints colorful watercolor, acrylic and mixed media collage paintings as well. Her art inspiration is nature; insects, flowers, animals and landscapes. She looks for the beauty in all her subject matter that ultimately will translate into an original cherished piece of artwork.
Hilda has taught children art classes in watercolor and Chinese brush painting at Arts Visalia Gallery and the Hanford Kings Art Center. Paintings of her student’s hang at the Hanford Community Hospital. An accomplishment she is proud of knowing that she touched children’s lives with art. The children taught her that there is more to life than winning awards; it’s about making a difference in someone’s life.
Hilda donated a red crown crane painting titled “Longevity” to this year’s American Heart Association’s Central Valley Heart Ball Event May 15, 1210 to help raise funds for cardiovascular research. Hilda’s art was chosen for the 2010 California Central Valley Blood Centers Calendar. She donates art to the San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust. September 2009 Hilda received a first place award in the Madera Agriculture Exhibition. She has been accepted into the Aquarius 2010 Pacific Regional Exhibition of the Best in Watercolor at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, June 4 – August 1
Hilda will have an art exhibit at the Cayucos Art Gallery from April 3 to May 26, 2011.
Watercolor, Sumingashi, Chinese Brush, Mixed Media
Louis thank you for coming out to my very first art exhibition in Fresno. I was delighted to finally meet you and enjoyed explaining my art techniques to all the visitors. Let's stay in touch, maybe we can sit and have coffee and talk art. Hilda
You are invited to attend my Asian-inspired exhibition. Come see my latest artwork of watercolors , mixed media and collages at Studio 74, 1274 N. Van Ness (North of Olive in the Tower District). September 3 to September 26. Art Hop Reception Thursday, September 3, from 5 to 8 pm. For more information visit www.Studio-74.org or phone 559-908-0658.
Hope to see you there, Hilda Vandergriff.