Every image you see in these pages was first an idea in the wonderfully imaginitive mind of Marvin Hill, who received a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Drake University. For 15 years the Hills participated in Fine Arts Festivals and gallery exhibitions, and their unique work continues to win major awards across the country.
Each one was hand drawn and carved by Marvin, who moved on from this life in 2003, and they are still being printed and painted by his wife and partner Wendy. Marvin drew inspiration from his epic, descriptive dreams, which were often sparked by the books he consumed like air. Combined with Wendy's expressive use of watercolor, their collaborative vision revisits the art of storytelling on an extraordinary, interpretive level.
Wendy remains in their rural Wisconsin 1860's farmhouse with the cats, encouraging the flora to cooperate and painting blockprints in an ex-chicken house studio.