Nate Hill has been interested in art for as long as he can remember. He always enjoyed drawing and painting as a youngster. He also loves the idea of his art being something eye-catching. Something unique. Ideally, something that makes you feel something.
NFT Granny: “Dear Nate, many thanks for taking your time to answer my question. Incredible how many different talents you have. What is your biggest passion, music, photography or digital art?“
Nate Hill: So kind of you to say. It’s difficult to pick one, to be honest. I love being creative, and all of the outlets I have are things that I pour myself into and have a passion for. Digital art would have to be to one keeping me the busiest at the moment, though.
How did you first become interested in art, and how did you get started with it yourself?
Nate Hill: I have been interested in art for as long as I can remember. I always enjoyed drawing and painting as a youngster. Art was one of my favourite subjects all through school. And then, I would go on to start a Visual Arts degree in University.
Can you tell us more about the story behind your project “Welcome to Paradise”?
Nate Hill: That piece is a special one for me. It is part of a large, ongoing series of mine that I have titled ‘Twisted Landscapes’. It is one of the styles that I guess I have become more known for. That particular piece was made using a photo I took at Bells Beach. This beach has enormous significance for my family. The piece itself was made when my family was dealing with the loss of my Dad. I generally like the idea that each person that views my pieces can create their own story for them. For me, with this piece, I like the idea of my Dad being at peace in a beautiful place.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Nate Hill: Again it is tough to pick just one. It’s like having a favourite child. I’ve made a few pieces as tributes to my Dad, and they hold a special place for me. A recent piece I made as part of a drop on Nifty Gateway with my talented friend Wax//Wane. It is called “Awakener” and acts as an album cover to an incredible set of songs by Wax//Wane. I am very proud of that piece.
Is there an artist you would like to work with? Like a collaboration?
Nate Hill: I’ve been very fortunate to collaborate with several incredible artists over the last few years. I’d love to name them all, but I’d be very worried about leaving someone out. I always post collars on my Instagram profile so you can check them out there.
If I had a dream/bucket list of artists that I could collaborate with, I’d have to say Stanley Donwood would be at the top of the list.
We are curious 🙂 Would you be willing to share any plans of upcoming projects?
Nate Hill: I’m always working on something. Whether it is album cover, commissions, personal or commercial projects. In the NFT space, I have a drop coming up on Nifty Gateway on the 26th of August, which is exciting.
I’m always trying to push myself to make the most of the opportunities in front of me and bring value to everything that I do.
Who or what are your biggest influences or sources of inspiration?
Nate Hill: I mentioned Stanley Donwood earlier – I love his work. There’s a huge list of artists that inspire me.
From the masters like Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Warhol, to the more modern artists and photographers like Storm Thorgerson and Annie Leibovitz. Then there’s all the incredible artists, photographers, and designers that I have found through Instagram and the NFT space more recently. The list would go on and on.
Is there something specific you are trying to express with your art?
Nate Hill: I love the idea of creating another world. Or an alternate reality. A place that people can go to in their minds and get lost even just for a minute.
I also love the idea of my art being something eye-catching. Something unique. Ideally, something that makes you feel something.
What do you feel when you are creating new art?
Nate Hill: It varies. I love to create while listening to music. I find it helps set a mood. It can be exciting when you are experimenting with something, and you see a thread to pull on and discover something that works.
Do you remember the first time you heard about NFT Art?
Nate Hill: Yes! I had a few encounters with NFT’s via Instagram in September-October 2020. Someone reached out via Insta and asked if I was selling my work on SuperRare. I hadn’t heard of it at the time, so I looked it up and started to do some research. I then reached out to 3LAU on insta, and he very graciously helped me get started in the space. He also bought my very first NFT on SuperRare as well. I will never forget it!
How do you enjoy the NFT Art you have collected? Do you have a way to display it, for example, at home?
Nate Hill: At this stage, I just enjoy looking at it on my desktop Mac. I do have plans to get a digital display in the not too distant future.
What would be your biggest wish for the NFT Art scene? What is currently missing / not fully developed to reach full potential out of it?
Nate Hill: Tough question. I would say that I don’t feel very qualified to answer. I love the idea of artists that maybe don’t have a huge social media profile to have more opportunities to have their work seen and collected.
Which tools do you use to create your art?
Nate Hill: I use a number of different tools, from my Canon 5d camera to the entire Adobe suite. I spend a lot of time in Photoshop. I use a lot of apps on my iPad Pro too. Anything that can aid me in creating something unique.
What does a typical day for you look like, and what do you like to do when you’re not busy with NFT Art?
Nate Hill: I have been the stay at home parent for our daughter. So I do the school drop off and pick up. I work from home, so I answer emails and DM’s, work on commissions and personal art… Catch up with friends and family. Go shoot landscapes for future projects. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do something I love for a living!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Nate Hill: There’s no harm in trying. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Is there something aside from art or NFTs you collect?
Nate Hill: Vinyl records. I collected NBA basketball cards growing up. I think that is kind of a distant relation to collecting NFT’s.
What do you feel the moment a project you’ve created dropped?
Nate Hill: A combination of relief and nervous, that it will be received well.
Where do you like to travel?
Nate Hill: I dream of travelling to Iceland.
- Full Name: Nate Hill
- Current hometown: Melbourne, Australia
- Languages she speaks: Aussie (English)
- What did you want to be when you were a child: A professional basketballer
- Education: Unfinished
- First Job: Stacking shelves at a supermarket/checkout chap