Tofino Artist Meghan Hildebrand
Meghan was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her mother was an artist and her father a miner and road builder. She sees herself as a proud product of North. Meghan moved to Nelson, British Columbia, to attend the Kootenay School of the Arts (ksa). Her third year of art school was spent at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, studying photography, screenprinting and painting, and she graduated from ksa the following year. Presently, Meghan resides with her husband, Tony, on the Sunshine Coast in Powell River.
It's there that Meghan finds the inspiration for her art in the contrast between the natural beauty and the industrial apparatus of this turn of the century mill town. These mills and smelters are looked upon by Meghan as relics of good times, the shadowy giant that were once the engine of society.
"Once invincible, these fearful machines now invoke our compassion."
Using colour to define beauty in these conflicting images is her greatest interest. Green-gold is a wonderful colour whether it's moss on a tree or the foamy layer on sludge. For Meghan colour is used to define the beauty in conflicting images, natural vs. artificial, light vs. dark and joy vs. dread.
Meghans painting technique is unconventional and intuitive. She often works on ten or more paintings at a time keeping her movement alive between them. It's the first few random strokes that often set the direction for her pieces. From there anything is possible. She rotates the pieces as she works using all sides as top and bottom. It's in the eye of the beholder to decide which is which.