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Kristin Hill  ~  Art and Appearances


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My recent works explore plein air painting, landscapes, skycapes,  the human figure,
still lifes, monotypes and more. 

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Loons Over Puerto Rico After Maria

oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

On display at the
National Museum of the
United States Air Force 

in the  juried exhibit 
2019 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit

May 6 – October 31, 2019 

Award 1st Place Space and Research Category


High altitude Loon balloons helped provide Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with internet and cellular connectivity after Hurricane Maria dealt devastating destruction September, 2017. The high altitude super pressure helium-filled Loon balloons carried communication antennas with solar panels aloft to float in the stratosphere over the islands, replacing signals for crippled cell phone towers.
Alphabet X’s Project Loon, through research with balloon manufacturer Raven, could keep a balloon aloft for more than 100 days and control its location by utilizing sophisticated algorithms to capture varied directional wind currents at different altitudes between 60,000 and 90,000 feet.
The sealed helium balloon’s weight is adjusted by adding or releasing heavier atmospheric air in an internal ballonet pocket. Launched from Nevada, Loons drifted to Puerto Rico via stratospheric wind currents far above commercial air traffic. Six Loons could simultaneously hover over Puerto Rico and in collaboration with ATT and T-Mobile provide a network of continuous coverage across the island.



Black Rocket

Oil on canvas 20″ x 30″

On display
ASAA 2024 International Aerospace Art Exhibition 
Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Patuxent, Maryland
June 18 through October 18, 2024

USAF 9th Reconnaissance Wing T-38
Original oil painting is available for collection
through Kristin, please inquire

Reproduction Print is on display at the 
9th Reconnaissance Wing, 
Beale Air Force Base


Plein Air and Small Works

Nieuport Rolling

Plein Air painting
oil on panel 9″ x 12″ 

Phase Dock, The Art of Maintaining

Oil on panel 8″ x 16″


Beale Phase Dock 1 

Oil on panel 8″ x 10″ Study



~ Taking Flight, Being Grounded:
Kristin Hill Art of Aviation, Landscape,
Skyscape, Still Life and the Figure ~

Solo Show – Regitz Gallery
Ware Center for Visual and Performing Arts
November  2 ~ 30,  2018

View  The Image Gallery Slideshow  click here 

Ware and Winter Visual and Performing Arts Centers
of Millersville University Season Events

Season Schedule
View Season Brochure
(see Kristin Hill page 32)



Kristin Hill will be exhibiting her art
at locations
other than EAA AirVenture
in 2018 and beyond.
 She celebrates 40 years with an official
exhibit booth in the AirVenture exhibit hangars and many
wonderful people and adventures.


Kristin is always available at
New exhibit venues, shows and artwork subjects will be announced via this website.

Kristin Hill exhibits at 

Palm Springs Air Museum
ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
April-July 2018




© Kristin Hill 2018


16″ x 30″ oil on canvas

2018 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
ForeFeathers Award – Recognizing Creativity
ASAA Award winner- 2nd Place Commercial
on display at
Palm Springs Air Museum
Palm Springs, California
April 22 – July 31, 2018

The Grumman Goose earned a respected and nostalgic place in the history of air service to delightful island destinations. This painting captures the amphibious Goose powered by throaty radial engines sharing the beautiful salt waters with the intrepid diving pelicans of Catalina Island. 

The “Splash-In” is a float plane gathering, a variation of a “Fly-In” for land loving planes. As an avid snorkeler, I have watched with fascination the pelicans’ amazing dives above and below the water surface. They have been doing it for three million years. It is always a delight when snorkeling to hear radial engines and spot a low flying Goose.

Kristin recognizes her 40th year of exhibition
at 2017 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh!

Pat Halloran and Kristin
at Kristin`s 2016 AirVenture display

to read more click here

New Original Oil Painting
Original on display at
Virginia Air & Space Center
Replica on display at
EAA Air Venture 2017  

Deicing the Sorcerer´s Magic Plane

© Kristin Hill 2017 

Deicing the Sorcerer´s Magic Plane

by Kristin Hill

20″ x 30″ oil on canvas

Mystery, magic and practical fact merge as curious fellows on the icy airport ramp, challenging our skills of observation to make sense of what we see.
The “Iceman” inside his deicing equipment sprays a special glycol mixture on the ice-coated tail surfaces of the Boeing 737. This process assures the aircraft’s essential physical aerodynamics are maintained for safe flight. And the Mouse? Of course we all know Mickey and his adventures as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. WestJet and Disney have collaborated to bring us the livery of the “Magic Plane” passenger jet and smiles to warm our hearts.


2017 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
Award Winner ~ 2nd Place Commercial

on display at

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ASAA International
Aerospace Art Exhibit
at the
Virginia Air & Space Center

Hampton, Virginia
May 22 – September 3, 2017

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EAA AirVenture; Oshkosh, WI
Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist
Exhibit Booth #1158
Exhibit Hangar A
July 24 – 30, 2017



Jonah and the Dragon Lady 

Jonah_DragonLady_WP8© Kristin Hill 2016 

Jonah and the Dragon Lady

by Kristin Hill

30″ circular canvas

Within the “Dragon Lady”, the U-2 maintainers conduct a thorough review and repair of the venerable high altitude aircraft. U-2 airframes manufactured 30 years ago have several decades of airworthiness remaining because of maintenance regimens and minimal airtime stresses. The jet engine has been removed from this airframe for overhaul. Viewed through the open aft fuselage, the Dragon Lady’s foil heat shields, structural elements, mechanisms, pipes, cables, open panels and dual forward intake vents offer a symphony of visual interplay.

Kristin created this painting from firsthand research and observation at Beale AFB.
It is an oil painting on a 30 inch circular canvas. 

2016 ASAA International Aerospace Art Exhibit
James C. Westin Gallery; Kalamazoo, MI
Award Winner ~ Honorable Mention Recognition

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, WI
Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist
Exhibit Booth #1158
Exhibit Hangar A
July 24 – 30, 2017



U-2 Dragon Lady 60th Anniversary Print
with U-2 Pilot Signatures


Alone with The Forms II

by Kristin Hill

Limited Edition Lithograph
with more than 160 U-2 Pilot Signatures
Original Oil Painting on Canvas

© Kristin  Hill 2015 all rights of reproduction are reserved by the artist

see more print information here and Online Store quick link




Cover Art by Kristin Hill
~ Once an Eon ~

Original oil painting Once an Eon by Kristin Hill
is in the U. S. Air Force Art Collection

Air Force Art and Department of Defense
new 355 page coffee table publication

A Magnificent Showcase

History , Heritage and Art
The United States Air Force and the Air Force Art Program


Also featured in this remarkable book is Kristin Hill`s U-2 painting
Pacing the Terminator  created following her high altitude U-2 flight
and presented to the Air Force Art Collection for display in the Pentagon.
Kristin has more than a dozen paintings in the Air Force Art Collection.
To see more about Pacing the Terminator  click here

Purchase this hardcover coffee table book from the Government Printing Office



Visit with Kristin Hill at her Art Exhibit
at 2017 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 

Kristin recognizes her 40th year of exhibition
at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

See Kristin`s AirVenture flight line jumbo screen interview
Tuesday, July 25th at 10:15 AM. 

Kristin celebrates her 40th year of exhibition at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Kristin is available to talk with people at her display in Exhibit Hangar A – Booth 1158, during the July 24-30, 2017 AirVenture event. Long standing friendships and new acquaintances are always a special part of the week of exciting aviation and art.

Pat Halloran and Kristin
at Kristin`s 2016 AirVenture display


Before and after AirVenture, Kristin can be reached at her studio to discuss how she can create for you a custom commission painting which captures on canvas your individual personal interests in aviation and flight. Kristin`s art is also available in the form of already created original paintings, reproductions, and special project arrangements.

 Find Kristin Hill and her Art at
xhibit Hangar A, Booth #1158 

Exhibit Booth Location Map, click here

~ AirVenture 2017 Art, VIP Guests and Events ~

Major General Patrick Halloran (Retired) ~ U-2 and SR-71 pilot and signed Blackbird print `Chariot of Nyx`

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Golden Age Air Museum ~

~ Mike Damiani ~ about GAAM´s WWI and Golden Age aircraft and 2017 airshows
Mike ~ in Kristin`s Exhibit Booth Wednesday 26th 12:00 to 1:00

~ Caroline Dougherty ~ about her first solo on her 16th birthday in GAAM`s 1918 JN4 “Jenny”
Caroline ~ Flight line jumbo screen interview
Thursday 27th at 12:00 noon
and afterwards in Kristin`s Exhibit Booth 1:00 to 2:00

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Jenny solo


Southern Heritage Air Foundation ~ Dan Fordice ~ about P-51 Charlotte`s Chariot, P-40, TBM and the Warrior Bonfire Program

Dan ~ Flight line jumbo screen interview Friday 28th at 11:00
and afterwards in Kristin`s Exhibit Booth 12:00 to 1:00

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Mid  Atlantic Air Museum ~ Russell Strine about B-25 Briefing Time at AirVenture for Tokyo Doolittle Raid commemoration and MAAM highlight activities


Russ~ Flight line jumbo screen interview Tuesday 25th at 11:15
and afterwards in Kristin`s Exhibit Booth 12:00 to 1:00

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~ AirVenture  Art, VIP Guests and Events ~

EAA AirVenture 


Kristin Hill Aviation Artist

displays her art and hosts

VIP Guest Authors and Presenters

at her art exhibit display

EAA AirVenture 

Exhibit Hangar A, Booth #1158



Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist

To read more about Kristin,
scroll down or Click Here


Visit with Kristin Hill and her VIP Guests

~ some past guests, books and art are listed below ~

Original paintings, commission works, signed prints and books are available, including personalized copies.

Exhibit Booth Location Map, click here




 Chris Pocock ~ U-2 historian,  aviation defense journalist and author of definitive U-2 books, including


~Dragon Lady Today
~50 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of the Dragon Lady
~The U-2 Spyplane: Toward the Unknown – A New History of the Early Years



PowersCVR_lg-208x300Gary Powers
Operation Overflight:
The U-2 Spy Pilot Tells His Story for the First Time

In this new edition of his classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U-2 incident, pilot Francis Gary Powers reveals the full story of what actually happened in the most sensational espionage case in Cold War history. After surviving the shoot-down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1, 1960, Powers endured sixty-one days of rigorous interrogation by the KGB, a public trial, a conviction for espionage, and the start of a ten-year sentence. After nearly two years, the U.S. government obtained his release from prison in a dramatic exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolph Abel. The narrative is a tremendously exciting suspense story about a man who was labeled a traitor by many of his countrymen but who emerged a Cold War hero.

~ Gary Powers, Jr. will speak about his father Gary Powers, Sr., Operation Overflight and the Cold War at EAA AirVenture venues and as a VIP guest at Kristin Hill ~ Aviation Artist exhibit booth #1158, Hangar A.




Bridge of Spies
The Movie

Bridge of Spies is the new movie from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks about events following the capture of Gary Powers, Sr. and the  critical Cold War negotiations between the U.S. and U.S.S.R.  to trade Soviet spy Rudolph Abel for American spy Gary Powers.

Movie release date is October 16, 2015, watch the trailer now!



Peck_BkCovr_1-197x300Gaillard Peck

America’s Secret MiG Squadron

The Red Eagles of Project Constant Peg

This book is the story of a group of military pioneers who were intent on using their experience and knowledge to develop a new training paradigm for fighter pilots. As a Vietnam veteran and Phantom F-4 pilot, Col. Gail Peck (call-sign “EVIL”) had been disappointed with the level of training offered to US fighter pilots. He was determined to ensure that US fighter pilots were unbeatable in the air particularly against their Cold War adversaries flying the already legendary MiG fighter jets. Working with the support of General Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Jr., and under conditions of the upmost secrecy the CONSTANT PEG program was launched with Peck as the original “Red Eagle.” This fascinating unknown history was first revealed in Steve Davies’ acclaimed Red Eagles: America’s Secret MiGs but this book is the insider’s perspective complete with never-before published anecdotes and photographs, revealing how Peck battled bureaucracy and skepticism to ultimately establish the premier fighter pilot training center. Along the way Peck explores many of the central questions surrounding the project: why did the combat Air Forces of the USA find themselves in need of a major revision in their approach to air-to-air combat training? How did they secretly build an airfield to clandestinely conduct air-to-air combat training using actual MiGs as the adversary training platforms? What was it like to be a Red Eagle pilot or maintainer and what were the major challenges they faced on a daily basis? What did the USA get out of the program in terms of a return on investment? Was it worth it and where do we go now? Despite operating for a decade no single pilot ever revealed the secret nature of the training until the program was eventually declassified in 2006. Now for the first time we can read about what it felt like to build the airfields, source the MiG aircraft and finally take them to the skies above America itself all in the quest to establish the USAF as the premier fighter jet force the world over.


WOconnor_BK_CVR-200x300William B. O’Connor

Stealth Fighter

A Year in the Life of an F-117 Pilot

The F-117 Stealth Nighthawk was a truly groundbreaking aircraft when introduced in the early 1980s. The strange shape of the jet, all flat panels and angles, rendered the aircraft nearly invisible to radar. This highly classified program wasn’t acknowledged publicly by the U.S. Air Force until 1988. The Nighthawk was retired in 2008 after twenty-five years of service, including bombing missions over Panama, Iraq during both Gulf Wars, andYugoslavia during the Kosovo war.

Brad O’Connor flew the Nighthawk during the NATO bombing campaign over Kosovo in 1999. His first-person experience puts the reader in the cockpit of this revolutionary combat aircraft. From his F-117 assignment through training, deployment, mission planning, and combat flights, O’Connor relates the day-to-day life of a pilot in the world’s first stealth fighter.


VIP Guests

Golden Age Air Museum

Paul Daugherty ~ Founder, Owner, Pilot and Restorer
Michael Damiani ~ Pilot and Restorer


GAAM_logoPics_haaAt the foot of the Blue Mountain ridge in scenic Berks County Pennsylvania, the hands of time have been turned back to the days of Barnstormers. The Golden Age Air Museum is a living museum dedicated to preserving aviation’s golden past, including WW I aircraft.

The Golden Age Air Museum was established in 1997, its mission is to entertain visitors and educate them about the early days of aviation, through its special events and daily operations. The museum offers the chance to explore the past, come and learn how the early aviators flew, what they flew and learn the lost art of early aircraft construction. Craftsmen are continually working on restoring new additions for the collection, this work is done in view of visitors. 

The Museum is currently recreating the SPAD XIII flown by Charles J. Biddle,GAAM_1918_SPADXIII_profileArt
commander of the 13th Aero Squadron, the Grim Reapers.

Visit with  Paul Daugherty and Mike Damiani to learn more about the exciting activities at the Golden Age Air Museum. 


VIP Guest

Brig Gen (ret) Patrick Halloran

U-2 and SR-71 pilot


Major General Patrick Halloran entered the Air Force in 1949 from his home in Minnesota.  He received his wings and commission through the Aviation Cadet program in 1950.

He spent his first 7 years flying F-84 jet fighters from bases in Georgia, Maine, Oklahoma, England, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Japan.  He also flew 100 combat missions in the F-84 over North Korea in 1952.  In 1956 he was selected in the first group of pilots to fly the new U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft for the Air Force. He flew from overseas operating locations for over 8 years, accumulating over 1600 hours in that plane.  He was then selected for the cadre of the new Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird aircraft that he flew for almost 8 years and in which he accumulated over 600 hours.  He was the wing commander when he left that program.  He flew missions over Cuba in the U-2 and over Viet Nam in both the U-2 and the SR-71. His next 8 years were spent in command and staff positions in various headquarters, including 3rd Air Division on Guam, 15th AF in California, and Strategic Air Command in Nebraska.  His final assignment was in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the Pentagon.  He retired in 1983 as a Major General, with over 8,000 hours of flying time in the military and 34 years of service. He has been active as a private pilot for many years and has over 12,000 hours of total flying time.  He was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006. He lives in Colorado Springs, owns a Lancair experimental aircraft, and is actively involved in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).


VIP Guest

Lt Col (ret) Jon “Huggy” Huggins

U-2  pilot 

Executive Director of the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association


Jon Huggins U-2 cockpitLieutenant Colonel Huggins was a U-2 and T-38 Instructor Pilot at Beale AFB until November 2014. He has over 2500 hours in the U-2 and 3800 hours in the T-38. Additionally, he flew the MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft (based on the King Air 350) and logged 109 combat missions in Afghanistan. In total, he flew over 4200 military flights. He was the commander of the Saudi-based U-2 squadron during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is an avid civilian pilot, having flown over 100 types of aircraft, and is currently enjoying a Cirrus SR-22. Huggy is the Executive Director of the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association, and is rated in the Cessna 525 series of jets.



Signed Prints – Pilot and Artist Signatures

The Chariot of Nyx

by Kristin Hill

Giclée Print Signed by four SR-71 Pilots and the Artist

The SR-71 Blackbird speeds at Mach 3 and 85,000 feet


This special Artist Proof Signature Limited Edition of only 30 giclée prints is signed by four renowned SR-71 pilots Lt. General William Campbell, Maj. General Patrick Halloran, Colonel Richard Graham and Lt. Colonel Bernard Smith and aviation artist Kristin Hill who experienced a high altitude U-2 flight.


Bill Campbell, Rich Graham, Bernie Smith, Pat Halloran
signing giclée print The Chariot of Nyx by Kristin Hill

Print image size with pilot and artist signatures 14″ x 23″ Purchase Limited Edition Pilot and Artist Signed Print $375

To read more about the signers of  The Chariot of Nyx  click here 


 Pacing the Terminator

by Kristin Hill

Giclée Print Signed by 135 U-2  Pilots, 25 Mission Planners and the Artist

The U-2 flies its mission, now approaching 60 years of continuous service

Kristin Hill created her painting Pacing the Terminator following her U-2 flight and additional important research she conducted with assistance from U-2 pilots and support personnel. The painting is part of the 55th anniversary recognition of the U-2 and the service of the supporting U-2 service personnel.

More than 135 U-2 Pilots and 25 Mission Planners signed two Pacing the Terminator U-2 Dragon Lady prints at the U-2 55th Anniversary Reunion. This richly personal recognition of more than five decades of U-2 history includes pilots with solo numbers ranging from 55 to 884. Reproduction giclée prints of the pilot-signed print are available in an artist-signed limited addition of 300 which shows the reproduced U-2 pilot signatures and solo numbers surrounding the image. A plain border print is also available.

Limited Edition giclée print, 24″ x 26″ including signature border


Lt Col Jon Huggins and Kristin Hill with original painting at Air Force Art Presentation 2010.

Purchase Limited Edition giclée print
signed by 135 U-2 pilots and 25 mission planners, and pencil signed by the artist


The First Soars into the Next Century

by Kristin Hill

Original Oil Painting  30″ x 40″ Print Image 18″ x 24″ plus border

Limited Edition Lithograph of 366 prints, of which only these 20 select prints have been hand signed by 1st  Reconnaissance Squadron Commanders, U-2 and RQ-4 pilots and the Artist




The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron is the United States military’s oldest flying unit, established as the First Provisional Aero Squadron on 5 March 1913. The squadron has maintained an unbroken heritage from its founding and celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2013. The TU-2S Dragon Lady, T-38 Talon and RQ-4 Global Hawk are currently flown by the 1 RS. The JN-3, Salmson 2A2, B-29, B-47 and SR-71 are five of forty seven airframes flown during its century of service.


 1 RS Centennial Painting Unveiling: Kristin Hill, Col Stewart, Lt Col Rodriguez, David Schmall

 Original painting The First Soars into the Next Century is presented to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron
as part of the 1st Aero Squadron Centennial recognition ceremonies.

Purchase Limited Edition Centennial Recognition print, these 20 prints are specially signed by 1st Reconnaissance Squadron Commanders, U-2 and RQ-4 pilots and the Artist. Purchase supports the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron.


Alone with The Forms  

by Kristin Hill

Original Oil, to be printed in Limited Edition Lithograph
Preorders can be placed, please inquire with the artist

A U-2 pilot in the PSD transport van pre-breathes oxygen and awaits the walk to his jet for the imminent sortie. Around him a flurry of professional support at every level of flight preparation tightens into a finely straightened line of settled purpose. Now alone, he reviews the final forms for his solitary ten hour mission flight at the edge of the stratosphere.



About Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist


About Kristin Hill – Aviation Artist

Kristin Hill specializes in aviation art, concentrating on fine art oil paintings and custom commissions. Her works depict both the man-made aspects of aviation and the natural environment encountered during flight. In the skyscapes and landscapes she paints, the fleeting beauty and power of the skies and environment in which we live are captured for repeated enjoyment.

Kristin draws upon her formal education in fine arts, experiences in a family aviation business and a broad diversity of flight experiences to paint the richness of flight and the skies we explore. Her firsthand research includes flights in the high altitude U-2, contemporary military fighters, refueling and transport aircraft; World War II fighters and bombers; contemporary, antique, corporate, aerobatic and soaring aircraft; hang gliders, balloon and the parachute canopy.

Recognized as an Artist Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, she has been an artist member since 1987, a president of ASAA and an active participant in the U.S. Air Force Art Program since 1980. More than 250 of her original works are included in museum, corporate, private, foreign and U. S. Air Force collections.




   Read about Kristin’s U2 flight experience as an artist in her published article

Amid Reality and Abstraction:
The Painter and the Dragon Lady

“As the heavy canopy was lowered over my helmeted head and I forced the red canopy latch handle into lock position, artist JMW Turner passed fleetingly through my mind. A century and a half earlier, the British painter seized the opportunity to stay above deck on a sailing vessel and observe with his own eyes and being the harsh stormy elements seasoned sailors knew too well. It was now my time to go where the Dragon Lady roams…”
to read the full article click here.


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