of Boise Weekly
several times over the years, died April 23 following a late-night fire at her southeast home.
According to reports, the fire—which was confined to a bedroom—was reported around 9:30 p.m. A neighbor pulled her from the home where attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
No other injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, though officials announced it was accidental.
The 65-year-old artist was a part of the Boise Weekly
family not only as a contributor, but in a literal way: She was the mother of BW
Associate Editor Amy Atkins.
Being an artist
was Hill's dream, and one she fulfilled later in life. She earned her bachelor's of fine arts degree in painting from Boise State University in 1997, followed by a year in the University of Washington master's of fine arts program.
Since then, her work has appeared in galleries around Idaho, as well as Seattle and California. After a recent stroke, Atkins said her mother "took more risks with her work, there was a lot more bravery."
According to the artist statement accompanying her most recent BW
"In art, everything has something to do with everything else, so words that try to explain things don't always fit into a neatly wrapped package."
mourns the loss and extends the deepest sympathy to Atkins and her family.