Matthew Hillier

Matthew Hillier

Matthew Hillier's extraordinary wildlife paintings express not only the physical characteristics of a species, but the artist’s passion for his subjects.  Now a resident of the United States, Hillier was born in Buckinghamshire, England and spent most his life on the south coast of England.  He has loved to draw and paint animals since he was a child, learning the rudiments of painting from his father.  Three of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition before his 18th birthday.  Hillier graduated with distinction from the Dyfed College of Art in Carmarthen, West Wales.  

Traveling widely in search of subjects to study and paint, Hillier has visited Africa, India, other parts of Europe, and Southeast Asia.  He loves the big cats and rhinos and finds himself drawn to water birds.  Since moving to the US, he has painted North American subjects in addition to the dramatic African and bird subjects for which he is known.

Hillier is a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, the Royal Institute, the Miniature Society, the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and the Society of Animal Artists.  He has had one-person exhibitions throughout Great Britain.  He received the Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists in 1997, 1998, and 2001, and he participates regularly in the Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI.  In 2009 and 2010, Hiller won the People’s Choice award at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition, London.  Hillier teaches both oil and life painting at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.  He lives with his wife, artist Julia Rogers, and son on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.