Kathi Hilton 1939 -

Kathi Hilton and John W Hilton sharing a photo at their first joint exhibition
Kathi and John W. Hilton
sharing their first joint exhibition

Kathi Hilton's magnificent desert paintings convey the majesty and enchanted nature of California's deserts.

She is the daughter of famed desert artist,
John W. Hilton. Her father's close friends became Kathi's artistic uncles, including artists Maynard Dixon, Jimmy Swinnerton and Marjorie Reed (who frequently volunteered to serve as Kathi's baby sitter).

Growing up as John Hilton's daughter gave Kathi a front row seat to the life of her extraordinary father. During the hot summers in Thermal, CA, Kathi would accompany her parents to the much cooler mountain town of Alamos in Northern Mexico where her John Hilton explored the plants, animals, and the culture of Sonora. John W. Hilton wrote about Kathi in his book, Sonora Sketchbook.
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Kathi Hilton Desert Magazine 1978
Kathi featured in Desert Magazine
Nov, 1978
Kathi Hilton & the California Desert
This exhibition is now showing at the Palm Desert Historical Society

Kathi Hilton at Palm Desert Reception
Click photo to read and listen to Kathi's Q & A at the Palm Desert Historical Society, April 13, 2013

Kathi Hilton  at Twentynine Palms OpeningKathi posing for photos at the opening of her show at the Twentynine Palms
Art Gallery in September, 2012
Kathi's paintings reside with in three locations: the Historical Society of Palm Desert, and with Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery.
You may purchase paintings through Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery, and the painting you purchase will be shipped from its present location.

Currently, these two Kathi Hilton paintings reside with Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
Kathi Hilton San Jacinto Midsized Thumbnail
San Jacinto (nocturne) 24 x 30
Kathi Hilton Golden Promas Midsized Thumbnail
Golden Promise
, 15 x 30
The paintings below
are available through the Historical Society of Palm Desert or with Kathi Hilton. You may arrange purchase
through Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery 707-875-2911 or Art@BodegaBayHeritageGallery.com
or you may contact the Historical Society of Palm Desert, 760-346-6588 or http://www.hspd.org
Kathi Hilton Dawn in the Palms Mid Sized thumbnail
Dawn in the Palms, 11 x 14
Kathi HIlton Dunes in Spring Dress Midsized Thumbnail
Dunes in Spring Dress
, 15 x 30
Kathi HIlton Sands in Spring Dress
Sands in Spring Dress
, 24 x 30
Kathi Hilton Flowering White Yuccas Midsized Thumbnail
Flowering White Yuccas
, 20 x 24
Kathi Hilton Windows in Time Midsized Thumbnail
Windows in Time
, 18 x 24
Kathi Hilton Enchanted Oasis Midsized Thumbnail
Enchanted Oasis
, 16 x 20
Kathi Hilton Beaconing Palms Midsized Thumbnail
Beckoning Palms
, 24 x 36
Kathi Hilton Symphony in Sand
Symphony in Sand
, 36 x 48
Kathi HIlton Whispering Dawn Midsized Thumbnail
Whispering Dawn
, 24 x 18
Kathi Hilton Joshua Dawn Midsized Thumbnail
Joshua Dawn
, 20 x 16
Kathi HIlton Enchanted Desert Midsized Thumbnail
Enchanted Desert
, 24 x 36
Kathi Hilton Touched by His Grace
Touched by His Grace
, 24 x 30
Kathi HIlton First Kiss of Fall Midsized Thumbnail
First Kiss of Fall
Grand Teton National Park, 16 x 20
Kathi HIlton Tranquil Moment Midsized Thumbnail
Tranquil Moment, 

Grand Teton National Park, 12 x 16
Kathi Hilton Dawn's Dream Midsized Thumbnail
Dawn's Dream
, 18 x 24

Kathi is well known for her paintings, but she has also worked with bronze.
These sculptures are also available through the Palm Desert Historical Society
http://www.hspd.org, 760-346-6588

Kathi HIlton Bronze Peaceful Palm Midsized Thumbnail
Peaceful Palm
, Bronze
Kathi Hilton Bronze Cacti Midsized Thumbnail
, Bronze
Kathi Hilton Bronze Yucca Fantacy Midsized Thumbnail
Yucca Fantasy
, Bronze
Kathi Hilton Bronze Saguaro Midsized Thumbnail
, Bronze
Kathi Hilton Yucca in Bloom Midsized Thumbnail
Yucca in Bloom
, Bronze
Kathi Hilton Bronze Palm Midsized Thumbnail
, Bronze

From her personal collection, Kathi is offering some paintings by her father and her father's friends.

John W Hilton Rainbow Falls Hilo Hawaii
John W. Hilton
Rainbow Falls, Hilo, Hawaii
Oil on board, 20 x 16

John W Hilton Seascape at Sunset Midsized Thumbnail
John W. Hilton
Hermosa Beach
, California

Oil on canvas board

Leo Cotton California Trees and Hills
Robert Leo Cotton
ornia Trees and Hills
Oil on Board, 8 x 10
John W. Hilton Hazy Day's End Midsized Thumbnail
John W. Hilton
Hazy Day's End
oil on canvas board, 9 x 12

James Cagney Sketch of John W Hilton
James Cagney
Sketch of John W. Hilton
done in his studio
Edmond Francis Woods
Edmond Francis Woods
Morning Boats
Oil on masonite, 8 x 10
Harry Victor Law The Dignity of the Earth Midsized Thumbnail
Harry Victor Law
The Dignity of the Earth, 1939
Watercolor, 4 x 6

Harry Victor Law Ye Ancient Willow Midsized thumbnail
Harry Victor Law
Ye Ancient Willow, 1932
Watercolor, 6 5/8 x 9

Also available
Prints of works by

Kathi Hilton 1939
see our printbin
Kathi Hilton Print Eternal Spring Thunbnail
Eternal Spring
"Artist's Proof"
Kathi Hilton Silent Sentinel Print Thumbnail
Silent Sentinel
copy 44 of 890

As an artist, she had several successful exhibitions, and has been featured Desert Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine, and was invited to participate in the Frank Tenney Johnson Memorial Show at the Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs.

Kathi uses a palette knife, and a technique crafted by her father of mixing fossil wax with oil paints to achieve a texture perspective, giving the finished painting realistic impressions of depth. Her paintings show an exceptional luminosity and often receive adoring comments from gallery visitors.

Behind the desk at the visitors center in Death Valley National Park hang a pair of large paintings by John and Kathi Hilton.

Hilton Kathie Kathie Death Valley .jpg Hilton Kathie John W Death Valley .jpg
These are two large oil paintings by Kathi Hilton (left) and John W. Hilton (right), Death Valley National Park Visitor's Center

Kathi has given us two fantastic tales of her childhood days growing up in the home of John W. Hilton.

One of John Hilton's friends was aviator and industrialist, Howard Hughes. On several occasions, Hughes landed his airplane on the highway in front of John's humble gem shop and art studio in Coachella, CA. Once, he brought dinner with him, fresh Maine lobster for little Kathi's birthday. Today, lobster remain's Kathi's favorite dish. Another of John's friends and painting partners was actor James Cagney. Cagney liked to get out of Hollywood and, visit John at his Twentynine Palms ranch and paint. It was Cagney who gave Kathi the best advice she ever received. She told the acting legend that people liked her paintings, but were always comparing them to those of her father. Cagney responded, "Don't you worry about that Katy, you just paint what's in your heart."

Sources: Conversations with Kathi Hilton, Sonora Sketchbook by John Hilton, 1947; Death Valley Visitor's Center, Furnace Creek, CA., Desert Magazine November 1979Back to top of page

Some of Kathii's sold paintings Kathi Hilton Stardust Midsized thumbnail
, 18 x 24 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Borego Spring Midsized Thumbnail
Borrego Spring 16 x 20 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Awakening Spring Midsized thumbnail
Awakening Spring
, 20 x 24 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Valley Splendor Midsized Thumbnail
Valley Splendor 12 x 16 SOLD
Kathi HIlton Glowing Moment Midsized Thumbnail
Glowing Moment
20 x 7, SOLD
Kathi Hilton Palms Miniature Midsized Thumbnail
Palms Miniature SOLD
    Kathi Hilton Desert Verbena Miniature Thumbnail
Desert Verbena Miniature SOLD
Kathi Hilton Flowering Desert Miniature Midsized Thumbnail
Flowering Desert Miniature SOLD
Kathi Hilton Smoke Tree Midsized Thumbnail
Smoke Tree
18 x 14 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Morning Splendor Midsized Thumbnail
Morning Splendor 18 x 24 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Monuments and Clouds Midsized Thumbnail
Monuments and Clouds
Kathi Hilton Springs Promise Midsized Thumbnail
Spring's Promise
18 x 24 - SOLD
Kathi Hilton Eternal Silence Midsized Thumbnail
"Eternal Silence"
10 x 20 - SOLD
Kathi Hilton Before the Storm Midsized Thumbnail
Before the Storm
12 x 16 SOLD
Kathi Hilton Spring Midsized Thumbnail
8 x 10 - SOLD
Hilton Kathi Radiance Mid .jpg
"Radiance" -12 x 16
Kathi Hilton Spring Dance Midsized Thumbnail
"Spring Dance"
- 8 x 10 SOLD
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