We had the good fortune of connecting with Rob Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rob, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Some of the most important factors behind my success comes from finding a balance between life and passion, having a diverse mind, and not being boxed in. One has to carve time in their daily schedule to focus on the present and relax. Keeping the mind free is essential and its not always easy as I have had to sacrifice a lot to be alone and fully focused on my craft. However, one should not forget to reward themselves for their efforts and find time to take a vacation, visit loved ones, and or try something new. Do not box yourself in and get lost in the work flow, it’s about a balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
One of the things I am most proud of is creating an esthetic that people can recognize and have a connection with. It empowers me to keep going and strive for more. I am excited to see where my art can go next, what country I will present my art, what object I will paint, the art shows that are yet to come, etc. Theres joy in the unknowing. My art journey is is unique as I started painting on t-shirts in high school as a way to help my mom pay the bills. Not having a clue that I was creating art. After graduating, I joined the U.S. Coast Guard where I served for 8 years and once I returned back to LA, I decided to bring out that creativity inside me as a form of therapy. I began painting on denim, leather, shoes, silk, and through the years I have applied my aesthetic to a wider array of surfaces. This includes canvas, wood, marble, glass, and metal. My journey has had its challenges and it’s important that one learns from their mistakes and never give up. I have learned that communication is key, to focus on the self and the things that make you happy, take time to be alone, be cautious, and find time to help others. I want the world to know that through my art I am shining a light on the importance of unity through diversity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was visiting LA for the weekend I would take them to Palos Verdes so they can experience the amazing views of the water. I would then take them to Sushi Delight in the South Bay Area. Then venture over to the Del Amo Mall to shop. Afterwards, we would head over to Long Beach and visit the Pike to have a couple drinks. In my view, the Art’s District is one of the most fun and exciting places to go have a good time and view some art. One can go to the museums, there’s delicious food near by, and in general creative people all around.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a special shoutout to my mom who is my rock and has always supported me in everything I do. My family in general who motivates me to keep going. Shoutout to Warren Brand, Slim Jeff, Sylvester Lyons, Dante Hughes, Spencer Thompson, UTM GOE, Stephanie Lopez, and all those who unconditionally support me and my craft.
Spencer Thompson- for the three self portraits provided.