My name is Ed Hill I was born in Paris, Ontario in 1948, moved to Peterborough, Ontario at a very young age. At 20 I joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and in 1969 I found myself posted in Surrey, British Columbia.
I had studied art in high school, but my youthful dream of becoming a productive professional artist didn't take shape until the mid 1980's. Over the years I continually dabbled and experimented with various art forms.
In the summer of 1985 that all changed. My family and I were posted to Tofino, British Columbia where I met and befriended a renowned west coast artist Roy Henry Vickers.
My interest in Roy Henry Vickers art and techniques meant that we became more than friends. Roy became my teacher and I his student. I spent many hours watching him, questioning him and listening before ever putting brush to paper in the Vickers' style. Only through the tutoring and encouragement of Roy Henry Vickers did I produce my first limited edition print entitled "Old Man".
Roy and I shared a great interest in the wilderness, fishing, native culture and their art and it was that association that allowed me to develop as a professional artist while still performing my daily duties as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. To this day the awesome beauty, power and energy of British Columbia as a landscape inspires me in my artwork.
I retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2002, My wife Joy and I now live in Gibsons, British Columbia. It is from here that I've has spent many years exploring and enjoying the beauty that is the coastal experience of this great province.
I have continued to produce and sell works of art that evoke that special emotion that is "West Coast". If you are a person that has enjoyed a solitary moment on a shore feeling the power of a coastal sunset, or if you have marveled at nature's composition of blue mountains shouldering each other for position as they fade into the distance, then you are probably one who can feel the emotion I strive for in my paintings.
It is that moment that I attempt to seize in my work. When nature and mind are singing together, they produce a magical energy inside one's soul. I attempt to capture that moment in my artwork. I hope that in viewing my works in their homes my patrons will hear and remember the "music" of the landscape of Beautiful British Columbia no matter where in the world their home may be.
You may wonder how "The Art of Self Promotion" online course came to be. In studying with Roy Henry Vickers I didn't just learn painting technique. Roy Henry Vickers was also a master of "The Art of Self Promotion". His work sold very well and often for prices that other artists rarely seemed to command. I paid close attention to how he used "The Art of Self Promotion" and I adopted and have continued to refine these techniques over the years to suit my particular personality and style.
In testing and refining "The Art of Self Promotion", I have enjoyed success in this art form as well. I have developed a live presentation for other artists in "The Art of Self Promotion". I knew that if other artists would simply learn and apply the "The Art of Self Promotion" for themselves they would also be able build their reputation, sell more of their art work and in time command higher prices for their work just as I had learned to do.
Now I'm not much of a "Techie" or "Internet Guy" but I met an Entrepreneur and art lover named Jim. Over the years Jim's Team has built over 80 web sites, consulted and supported many local and even international businesses. He and his partner have also done a good deal of fine art printing for local artists including myself. As a result Jim and his partner attended my "The Art of Self Promotion" presentation several times. In part because they were trying to better understand and serve their fine art printing clients.
Some time later Jim approached me and offered "Ed, what you teach in The Art of Self Promotion is incredibly valuable for artists and the way you present it is also very easy to learn. We see all these amazingly talented people come to us to do art prints but it's clear they struggle to sell their artwork. What if I worked with you to package and sell your course "The Art of Self Promotion" online so that many more artists could benefit from what you teach. We both thought this was such a good idea that that is how this course "The Art of Self Promotion with Ed Hill" came to be.
Jim has taken my original live training and added valuable bonus content so that the value to you the artist is certain to be worth much more than the modest cost of the course.