2005 – David Higgins and Terry Hilt

David Higgins

"Slippery Surf", 2009

“I’m a native Mainer and descendent of an old southern Maine family, a background that has hugely influenced my artwork. I studied graphic arts at Central Maine Vocational Technical Institute and education at the University of Southern Maine (BS). Early in the 1990’s, I earned an MFA-VA at Vermont College. Over the past 40 years, I’ve worked as a photographer, graphics arts teacher and graphic designer. However, photography is my first love, and my work covers a wide spectrum of interests. I work in both black-and-white and color, traditional and digital formats. My images have appeared in many publications and have been exhibited nationally, regionally and locally.

Although much of my work could be called landscape, I feel it is more about subtle relationships than grand vistas. I place emphasis on line, tone, form and compositional relationships. I explore the beauty of simple subjects and strive to find the essence of the subject with which my viewers can connect and identify. I want them to step into my work. All of my current photographic work is done digitally which I feel allows me the freedom to simplify and to blur the borders between black and white and color, between photography and other art forms, and especially between the real and the perceived. I explore the beauty of small or ordinary subjects simply presented. People often tell me they find my work more real to them than reality itself. This is because I strive to find the essence of the subject with which my viewers can connect and identify.

In 2005 I was the recipient of a MARC residency on Monhegan Island.

There I discovered a vibrant artist colony with many artists at work in studios and outdoor locations across the island. They were more than willing to discuss art in general, their own art, my art – all with candor and excitement. I was able to watch artists at work painting the island landscape in a multitude of styles, techniques and interpretations and soon realized these ideas were readily adaptable to digital imaging. It was very energizing. My interest in painting, something I had not pursued since my school days, was rekindled. I began to paint in earnest and now find that I approach a subject first by deciding whether to render it digitally or in paint.

Much of what I learned as a photographer is readily applicable to painting particularly in regard to composition. This is where I began my study of painting, and I think my photographer’s eye is the hallmark of my painterly style. I have spent a lot of time working with tone in the darkroom. This is why I find painting so refreshing as it has allowed me the freedom to really play with color and to mix and layer colors to create light, shadow and shape. I spend a great deal of time now studying color theories and putting them into practice. Everyday is full of choices.”



Terry Hilt

"Manana at Sunset," water color acrylic, 16.5" X 22.5," 2010

Born in Bar Harbor, in 1953, Terry Havey Hilt is a native of Maine with many generations of ancestors on both sides immigrating and settling in Hancock County. She is a graduate of University of Maine at Orono and Boston University; and received her PhD from University of Maryland School of Social Work. She is a psychotherapist as well as artist and published poet.

As a child Terry was influenced by her father’s love of nature and accompanied him on surveys of lakes and streams of Maine in his capacity as a Maine State biologist. Her paintings have been shown in three solo exhibitions and at numerous group shows at her representative gallery, Aucocisco, since 2002. Additionally, she has participated in shows at Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Clark House Gallery, Elan Fine Arts and Shaws Jewelry and Gallery. Terry received the Monhegan Artist in Residence award for 2005 and completed the Artist in Residency with the national park service at Schoodic Point (2006).

Terry’s expressionist modernist watercolor paintings are an action-oriented, kinesthetic response to the forces of nature. Maine coastal modernist painters such as Marin, Betts, and Tam who have explored nature as force and energy have influenced her work, as have the watercolorists of Monhegan: Brooks, Goldsmith and Fitzgerald. Terry summers in Lamoine on Frenchman Bay, and spends winters between her Gorham, Maine, residence and a Boston area condominium.

“I am captivated by constant motion and force of the landscape—the physics of gravity, velocity, and electricity as these create continual movement within the sea, fields, sky. In the studio I paint the kinesthetic memories of these shifting elements in an abstracted “all at once” energized landscape.”