living in the United States, Mathew Hillier was born in Buckinghamshire,
England and grew up near Windsor Castle. Drawing and painting
animals is something he has loved to do since he was a child.
Hillier's father was a museum designer who taught his son the
rudiments of painting with watercolors, a medium Hillier used
during his years as an illustrator, along with gouache. In recent
years, when he made the transition from illustrator to wildlife
artist, he also switched to acrylic because it involves a looser
Traveling widely in search of subjects to study and paint, Hillier
has visited Africa - where he was once charged by an angry elephant
- many times, as well as India, Europe and Southeast Asia. He
loves the big cats and rhinos and finds himself drawn to the
water birds. When doing field research, Hillier sketches and
also takes photographs, finding that while the photos are very
useful for details of color, shape, background and texture,
sketching forces him to "feel the subject" more.
Hillier studied at Dyfed College of Art in Carmanthen, West
Wales, and graduated with distinction. Three of his paintings
were accepted by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and he
has exhibited regularly at the Pastel Society, the Society of
Wildlife Artists (where he is a council member) The Royal Institute
and the Miniature Society, as well as the Paris Salon, the Royal
Society of Marine Artists and the Blaritz Salon. A member of
the society of Animal Artists, his work is part of their traveling
exhibition. He has participated in Christie's Wildlife Art Auction,
and his work has been included many times in Leigh Yawkey Woodson's
touring show of "Birds in Art." He has had one-man
exhibitions throughout Great Britain and has illustrated several
In 1995, Hillier won the World Wildlife Fund Fine Art Award.
In 1998 he received the "People's Choice Award" from
The Florida Wildlife and Western Art Expo. In 1997, 1998 &
2001 he received The Society of Animal Artists' Award of Excellence.
Hillier received the "People's Choice Award" at the
Wildlife & Western Visions Show in 2002 & 2004. In 2003
he won the "Artists for the Next Century" Publishers
award at the Bennington Art Museum in VT. His work appeared
on the cover of Wildlife Art Magazine in 2000 & 2003. He
was featured in the March/April issue of Wildlife Art Magazine
in 2008. Hillier has taught "Life Painting" for several
years at Montgomery College & recently taught a wildlife
art workshop at the Beartooth School of Art in Montana. He lives
with his wife Julia Rogers, his two step children & his
young son in Maryland.
"Ibis in Surf" New Oil by Matthew Hillier, 18"x24"
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