Terry Hilt and Don Best: Life's Inspirations
September 16- October 14 Artists' Reception Saturday September 21, 4-6 pm
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This work may convey from my experience in travels away from my home State of Maine, a sense of tension outside and inside the self created by the fast-paced movement of town and city life.. Much compression and crowding and claustrophobia must be tolerated in extremely busy modern city life. Even in large city parks there is a sense of abbreviated space and walled areas; although a respite compared to the bustling city. Going higher and up into the aerial perspective of the sea and green areas gives a bit more freedom; yet, in this work there is no escape from the promise of re-entry into the age of limited, busy spaces and the tension that it conveys.
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.