Working both outdoors and in the studio, Catherine Hillis has traveled extensively during the past few years to paint in national plein air competitions. The artist loves working outdoors, enjoying the immediacy of painting on site and in real time.
Hillis has won hundreds of awards in plein air events and national/international watercolor exhibitions including 2nd place 2021 Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition; 1st Place 2021 South Carolina Watercolor Society Member Exhibition; 2020 Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Watercolor Exhibition, the Ron Schloyer Outstanding Watercolor AWARD; Best Marine Painting, Paint Annapolis 2021; Best Manchester Painting in Cape Ann Plein Air 2020; Best Watercolor, FASO 2019 and 2016; 2nd Place Award, National Juried Biennale 2019, Arts Center of Hilton Head, South Carolina; Best in Show at Piedmont Plein Air in High Point, NC in 2015; the 2018 Guerilla Painter Award (Seven Canyons) in Sedona Plein Air; Honorable Mention in Shadows on the Teche, 2016; and Best Nocturnal in Mountain Maryland Plein Air in 2014.
Hillis has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine and she is a regular contributor to American Watercolor Weekly. Her work has been featured in Splash 12, Splash 14 and Splash18, the Artistic Touch, The Washington Post, the Best of America Watercolor Artists & Artisans, Volume 1 and the Best of Virginia Artists & Artisans 2005. Her first article "Ten Tools for Better Watercolors" was published in American Artist Magazine in September, 2006, with her most recent article being published in "Watercolor Artist Magazine" in April, 2021.
She maintains a working studio in Locust Grove, VA and her paintings are in corporate, personal and museum collections around the world.