Louise Hill

Louise was born in Kenya in 1964, and spent her childhood in Zimbabwe. She later moved to England with her family where she successfully completed a 4 year BA (Hons) Art degree course in England, and worked in London for 8 years doing book illustration. She feels most at home in Tanzania, which she first visited in 1980, moving here in 1995. Louise lives in Arusha and regularly holds exhibitions in East Africa; England and USA; she has clients from around the globe.                                                             

She paints mostly with watercolors, but also enjoys oil paints, both mediums befitting Tanzania's vivid light, the sun-bleached colors of its landscapes, and the distinctive fabrics worn by its people. Her paintings are figurative but loosely defined. She paints on location if possible, but when the safari is over returns to her studio in Arusha and paints using sketches and photographs for reference. Living in Tanzania, one is surrounded by an impressive variety of scenery; mountain forest; lowland acacia bush; tropical coastland; townspeople and bush-people - all of these appear in her paintings. She treasures this country and feels constantly stimulated by every facet of life here, also taking a keen interest in environmental conservation activities.