Moni Hill was born in Berlin in 1971. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio to an intellectual & academic father and free-spirited down-to-earth mother. The contrast between her parents didn’t lead to a lasting marriage, but it did create three children sensitive to the polarities of life and their own need for art and connection to nature. Moni found an outlet in painting, her siblings found theirs in music and surfing. Moni attended a small liberal arts school in the farm country of Ohio, Hiram College, and studied Art History and Political Philosophy. Though she painted throughout her life, she didn’t pursue it with earnestness until later in her life. After college, she worked in the corporate world at a law firm and then a bank in Cincinnati. Knowing she was betraying her heart’s desire, she began to make steps towards pursuing the call of her heart – art & nature.
She moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains (Charlottesville, VA) to be with her, now, husband. There she settled into the beauty of her surrounding and began to paint. After a couple kids and moves later, Moni and her family settled in Asheville, North Carolina. Now she has plenty of nature, trees, and is working daily on the simplicity - with a husband, two daughters, two dogs, 17 chickens and a fish, life is full and simplicity can be elusive.
Moni draws inspiration from many sources. At once her paintings reflect her deep intellectual curiosity and her fun-loving free spirit. Her inspirations range from abstract expressionism to modern minimalism; from the earthy geometric Quilts of Gees Bend to the fluid strokes of Chinese Brush painting; from the graphic and edgy design of street art to the natural sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy. Moni connects with and resonates with a diverse and eclectic group of artists. Though her art is easily recognizable, it is not so easily classified. She is known for her bold and complimentary palette, the patch of canvas on the panel, and her trademark bird or vase of poppies.
Moni is now at a point in her life and career where art takes precedence. She thinks about the importance of slowing down and simplifying to recognize the beauty in the world. She recognizes the power that art has to uplift humanity – whether it is in a home, business or public space – and she takes her role as an artist both seriously and playfully.