Legendary artist moves to Ulmarra, opens gallery
AS RUSSIAN politicians meet in the Kremlin to discuss their position on Ukraine and other sinister matters, Peter Hill's painting looks down on them and takes it all in.
That painting was gifted to former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev by the Australian Government.
The government used to buy Mr Hill's work and gift them to foreign leaders.
He was also chosen as the official artist for the Heritage Horse Ride in the year 2000.
Mr Hill said he always drew, but began painting when he was 19.
"I worked at a sheep and cattle station north of Broken Hill," he said.
"The owner liked what I drew so he bought some books on painting and he said, 'get into these'."
And now after living all over Australia and working in positions as diverse as sheep shearer to crocodile hunter, Mr Hill has set up a gallery at Ulmarra called P.J Art.
"We have been to Ulmarra before," Mr Hill said.
"Wendy Gordon asked me to paint at the first Clarence Valley Country Muster.
"I came back the next year and then we decided to stay."
Mr Hill is also school time friends with Sluggos Antiques owner Ron Wheatly.
"Ulmarra is my type of town," Mr Hill said.
"I like the people here."
Mr Hill said he painted what he saw and what he liked.
Horses have always been a part of his life. On the farm they were like work companions who helped him get the job done. In art they are what brought him his fame.
"I'm keen to start painting local scenes," he said.
"If anyone has a property or anything they want painted, I'm always open to commission work."