Terry Hilt and Don Best: Life's Inspirations
September 16- October 14 Artists' Reception Saturday September 21, 4-6 pm
This new work is yes, inspired by nature‘s colors, forms and shapes. However, in approaching the abstract or becoming fully abstracted another element becomes dominant. Always there is an interest in movement-both chaotic and harmonic. This motion reminds us that nature and life itself, is never still. Movement in nature is unpredictable, surprising, juxtaposing. It always present. There is the flicker of birds wings, the aliveness of the ocean, or the power of the wind in the branches of trees. Changes happen; and we notice what has changed, indicating that there has been motion in the past. Overnight, the Bears ate the apples off the tree, overnight, the harvested blueberry fields turn Crimson, shift in direction of the wind, makes the Sea come alive. Motion is a constant.
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Terry and her husband Dr. Dana Hilt were guest presenters at the MDI Bio Lab July 27.
“Scientists’ specific language terms and mathematical formulas are symbolic codes for known concepts about the dynamic forces present in the universe. Can a different code and “truth” describing nature’s moving forces within the landscape be validly conveyed by the artists’ symbolic language of reality by use of pigment, line and stroke?”
There have been many who have influenced my direction in painting. I was first introduced to watercolor by down east painter, Ed Foster. However, I have been mostly influenced by the Maine coastal modernists such as Marin, Betts, as well as Tam who went beyond Cezanne’s accomplishment of fractured space adding exciting motion to their work. I also have studied works by Kienbusch and Hartgen, painters who also captured strong movement and energy. Monhegan artists James Fitzgerald, and Leo Brooks have influenced my use of strong lines and richly applied watercolor as medium.