Charles Hill, Martinsville Member Since November 2016 Artist Statement My name is Charles Hill, and I have been creating art for over 45 years. At the age of 27, I began to paint full time, and in 1992 I became an Artist-In Residence in Danville Public Schools in Danville Virginia, where I taught art classes in numerous primary schools, as well as creating artwork that supported the regular classroom teachers. During this time, I also began to paint large scale mural projects in numerous schools that were based on the SOL's that were being taught in these schools. I continued as an Artist-In-Residence for 14 years until I returned to college at Averett University in 2006 to pursue a degree in mathematics. I have always considered mathematics as another art form, and I have been studying and working with mathematics recreationally as long as I have been painting. I also obtained a Masters of Mathematics degree from Averett in 2014, and I have taught high school mathematics since then. I have also completed numerous mural projects over the last 15 years in churches, businesses and homes, as well as illustrating magazines, and painting furniture for a small manufacturing firm. I paint realistic, surrealistic, and abstract oil and acrylic paintings, as well as realistic pencil drawings that are mainly portraits. I create both commercial and fine art, and I specialize in murals, portraits and landscapes that often have a mystical focus and atmosphere.