Marian Hill studied illustration at Kingston University graduating in 1997. She went on to work as a freelance illustrator for the next 15 years, producing images for a wide range of illustration clients. Her work has featured in many magazines, on book jackets and a postage stamp for the Royal Mail.Over recent years she has also been developing her own personal artistic practice, developing in particular her location based work, going out location drawing whenever possible and then developing her sketches back in the studio.
Growing up in Somerset next to the Mendip Hills, and frequently taken on walking holidays by her parents, Marian developed a love of the countryside & the colours and textures found in the English landscape. Another important influence is a love of old printed papers, distressed surfaces and weather beaten textures. In a quest to incorporate these elements into her work, she began to use collage as her medium. Marian images are comprised of a mass of tiny paper fragments carefully selected from her extensive collection of cuttings and carefully pasted into place. She hoards old books and discarded magazines and prints out her own collection of textural photographs to use as collaging material.