J.D. Hillberry at the Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair

Today I stopped by the Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair in Bellevue, Washington, just as it was right about to close. The works on display spanned the gamut of art — from fine arts and furniture to pottery and facemasks. Most of it seemed targeted towards housewives or those with families, though, and not much of it was that particularly gutsy or out there. Nonetheless, there were some gems. The works of Colorado artist, J.D. Hillberry, were some of them.

This piece here is the original, sold at $7,300.00! Reprints were available for $25.00 and up, because Hillberry understands that his originals might be too expensive for some people. A great way to look at things, if you ask me. Art should be for everyone.

Each original drawing is rendered on white 100% acid free paper or watercolor board. I use a combination of charcoal, graphite, and carbon pencils in each piece, which adds texture and depth. Many of my original drawings have taken over two months to complete. Some of my drawings are considered Trompe l’Oeil. These images are rendered so realistically they “fool the eye” into thinking that real objects are displayed in the shadow box frame. Even the masking tape that appears to be holding these objects is part of the illusion.

Because of the time involved in creating my original drawings, the price of my original drawings is out of the range of some customers. There for I produce high quality limited edition reproductions of some of my work using either offset lithography or Piezograph Giclee printing.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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