Winter Wonderland

Hot cocao, snow, caroling, cookies by a warm fire; memories of the past and hopes for the future are the underlying themes behind my Winter Wonderland series showing this December at Middle Country Library and Museum in New York.  The images are culled from my memories of growing up in New York where snow towered over your head and fast ride on a flexible flyer was a staple for fun.    My hope is that these images help you remember how you used to have fun, as a child with eyes full of wonder and almost reckless abandon.  Dreams made from hope, realities cultivated through love, kindness and God's blessings are my wishes for you and your loved ones this holiday season and throughout the year.

Freshly packed snow a hat and scarf are a recipe for fun on a snowy day.

Skaters link arms and glide across a frozen lake while sledders whoosh by on flexible flyers.
There was always the chance of a surprise snowball fight waiting around the corner.

St. Nicholas' kindness and charity fuel dreams and hopes for a bright and shiny future.

The Nutcracker Ballet

One of my favorite dances derived from the book the Nutcracker and the Mouse King is also a global classic.  This year I was asked to decorate two large window boxes in the lobby of Middle Country Library Museum.  The cases soar at 5 feet and 6 feet square and command a view as you walk in.  I chose to create images that would bring visitors back to Christmas of their childhood.   I can see myself as a small girl watching legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov perform in the starring role as I dreamed of visiting the land of sweets with Maria.  It is never too early to elicit a passion for the arts in youth.  I hope these images make you smile and get you excited about the possibilities, hopes and dreams a little Christmas magic can bring.

The Nutcracker poised to fight as a soldier boy.  We see in this young boy's expression he is
questioning himself as he dresses up in the robes of war.
The Nutcracker flees the living room as Maria and Godfather Drosselmeyer look on.
Engaged in battle the Nutcracker struggles to defeat the Mouse King and free Maria.

Rushing to the aid of her beloved Nutcracker, Maria throws her slipper deciding the battle.

The Discipline Of Passion

The Discipline Of Passion is a digital painting I created as part of the #31Nights portrait challenge hosted by American Artist Michael Bell @mbellart.  In this challenge a new complete picture is created every night with a focus on portraiture. Here we see a young girl dancing by a fountain in the moonlight.  As her partner withdraws into the background we see the shadow of another emerge at her fingertips.  What I love about this picture is the wistful look on the dancer's face.  Zoom in and look around. -Laura 
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#Wonder17 Gallery

Blue Claw, Red Claw This painting was inspired by a day spent on Long Island's South Shore Crabbing with my daughters, a pastime I enjoyed when I was young.  The blue claw crab in net struggles to free himself from the tangles of line, flailing with one claw while holding onto his mate with the other.

Growing up on Long Island many lazy days were spent at the beach.  
This scene, inspired by a recent trip to the Hamptons, shows a sunbather 
distracted by the surf having her lunch stolen by a wily seagull 

I remember long days watching the waves crash against the shore,
the smell of the salt and the sea, the gulls cry and the sun
warming my check while I buried my feet in the sand.

The Ferry at Port Jefferson, NY

Oil, watercolor, ink and digital painting

Inspired by the Hampton Classic my latest exhibit will be on display at the Port Jefferson Free Library the month of March.  These regal and beautiful animals have been a part of my life since I was a young girl. I hope you enjoy the show 


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BEGIN by L. Hill

"Strange how the desolate can harness such beauty.  Still, a picture never paints what the eye truly beholds and words cannot adequately describe those facts found by the senses."

I find Fall to be a prolific time, maybe it's the change in temperature or perhaps it is something more.  My new short story, BEGIN, is published here for your pleasure.  Enjoy-Laura

Things That Go Bump In The Night by Laura Hill

Things that go bump in the night are rooted so deeply in our psyche we usually don't know why we are scared, we just are. Click here for a preview

Gallery show debut Port Jefferson Free Library October 1, 2016.  Things That Go Bump In The Night, Multi Media, digital arts.

The Celebrity Gallery

Celebrity Gallery

These celebrity inspired paintings based on the classic stories of Lady Godiva, The Temptation of the Serpent, King Midas, Artemis and The Stag as well as original pieces were done over four weeks while I had surgeries to remove cancer.  That's motivation.

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Celebrity Gallery, a collection of Classic Story Illustrations Multi media, digital arts.

The Great Story World Mix-Up by Laura Hill, Ava Timpanaro, Kayla Timpanaro

"Can I do it this time Jilly?" Jilly grabbed her sister's hand. "We'll do it together on the count of three. One, two, three, hi-yah!"

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Sailing the candy sea in the Great Candy Land Caper, watercolor, digital

Not Afraid Of Anything, written and illustrated by Laura Hill

"On a moonlit night a boy left his room his name was Johnny and he wasn't afraid of anything."

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Becoming something you are not in Not Afraid Of Anything, pencil on paper.

The White Rabbit's Watch, illustration by Laura Hill

Installation Down The Rabbit Hole, watercolor on paper.

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Hear No Evil

Hear No Evil, 
See No Evil, 
Speak No Evil.

Art Installation.
Acrylic on stone

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Rain In Paris

Le prix d'Amour, c'est seulement Amour.  The price of love, is only love.

Ink on paper

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The Waking Of The Flowers

"Are you sure that we are awake?  It seems to me That yet we sleep, we dream." 

William Shakespear, 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ink on paper

Narwal At Night In NYC

Narwhal At Night In NYC, Acrylics and collage. Personal Project.

Narwhal In NYC Picture Book

Narwhal In NYC, acrylic on bristol.
This is an illustration for a new book I am dreaming up, right now.

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