What does the essence of a personality, character, or spirit look like? Rooted in drawing, I pursue the innate individuality and imperfection of living entities.  The images represent my environments—an imaginary interpretation of what lies behind the surface of the surrounding forest in Mendocino County. The resulting compositions are essentially profiles of mystical characters found within and above the terrain.

Toby Hill (b. San Francisco, 1962) is an artist based in Anderson Valley, California. He studied art at the California College of the Arts, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree, and the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under New Yorker cartoonist Sam Gross. He attributes his early brush and ink drawing skills to one of Hank Ketchum’s ghost artists. He has extensive experience as an architectural colorist and color plaster artisan in San Francisco, including projects at the Asian Art Museum and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and a former small-batch winemaker.


Lives and works in Philo, CA, with a studio in Ukiah, CA.


California College of the Arts, BFA Printmaking, Architecture 1992
CSU, Chico, BA Painting, Drawing 1984
School of Visual Arts, NYC  1983


2023 "Bit by Bit" Gallery 60Six, San Francisco, CA. Pop Up Group Show

2023 " First Person: Explorations in Printmaking" Mendocino College Gallery, Group Show

2022 "Night Garden" Gallery 60Six, San Francisco, CA. Pop Up Group Show

2021 “Unveilings” Lansing Street Gallery, Mendocino, CA. Grand Opening, Solo Exhibition

2021  Medium Gallery, Ukiah, CA Group Exhibition

2019 “Ink and Iron” Phillips Hill Winery, Philo, CA

1996-2000  “The Point” Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA

1998  Mural for office lobby, 100 California Street, San Francisco, CA SMWM Architects

1993  Live Work Storefront Exhibition, 451 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA

1992  "Mondo Materials," Group Exhibition developed by Steelcase Design

1988  "Art Against Aids," Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY. Group Exhibition

1988  “13 over 13” Sag Harbor, NY, Group Exhibition.  Curated by Susan Rush.  Review by Robert Long, East Hampton Star

1988  “13 over 13” Watermill Museum, Watermill NY, Group Exhibition. Curated by Susan Rush

1988  “Twenty Under Thirty” Wunsch Art Center Glen Cove, NY. Group Exhibition. Review by Karen Lipson, New York Times

1987  Sculpture Center Gallery, Small Works, New York, NY

1987  D.U.M.B.O.  Art Under the Bridge Festival, Group Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY

1986  Rubio Gallery, 463 West Street, NY, NY.  Shared exhibit with Martin Rubio.

Professional Artisan Experience

2005 – 2022  Winemaker, created and operated a small Anderson Valley winery, Philo, CA.

1997 – 2008 Architectural Colorist-Plaster Artisan, Stonehenge Studios Inc, Owner,  Hunters Point Shipyard, San Francisco, CA

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