Portrait of Charles Hill, Art Detective, by Travis Simpkins


Recently, artist Travis Simpkins completed a portrait of former Scotland Yard Art Detective, Charles Hill. Charley Hill was at the forefront of two high-profile art recovery efforts in the early 1990’s. In 1993, he recovered Vermeer’s “Woman Writing a Letter with Her Maid”, which had been stolen from Russborough House in 1986 by Irish crime boss Martin Cahill. In 1994, Hill’s career gained further esteem when his undercover work led to the successful recovery of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” which had been brazenly stolen from Norway’s national art museum earlier that year. Charles Hill’s efforts in retrieving “The Scream” were highlighted in Edward Dolnick’s 2005 book, “The Rescue Artist: A True Story of Art, Thieves, and the Hunt for a Missing Masterpiece.”

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Travis Simpkins

Travis Simpkins is a freelance artist, specializing in portrait illustration. His works are in numerous collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. His clients include companies/personalities in the Film, Television, Radio, Music and Publishing industries, law enforcement agencies, museums, universities and municipal institutions. Travis is also a dedicated Art Museum employee and consultant. His efforts and connections have culminated in the addition of 300+ works of Art to the permanent collection of the Worcester Art Museum, including 94 woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida. Travis' artistic skills have benefited the promotion of WAM programs involving the Audience Engagement, Education, Curatorial, Conservation and Marketing Departments. For the past several years, he has provided security training for newly hired art museum guards. In addition, Travis spent two years working in architectural conservation, aiding in the restoration of an 18th Century historic home in central Massachusetts. His art contributions and museum work have been featured in various publications, newspapers, web features and periodicals. As a professional artist, Travis Simpkins is a highly skilled observer. His unique eye for aesthetic detail, combined with a background in museum collections, preservation, research and security work lends itself perfectly to study, promotion and outreach related to Art Crime, Art History and Archaeology. In addition to Art Crime Illustrated, Travis Simpkins is also a regular contributor to www.stolencavalier.com , along with Art Crime and Security experts Anthony Amore (Director of Security at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum) and Vicki Oliveri.