Seth Ruggles Hiler
Seth Ruggles Hiler is influenced by the geography and communities of his surroundings, whether at home in Brooklyn or painting in the Catskill Mountains and beyond. “I paint moments of experience. Through layering of imagery, I encourage the viewer to unearth their own emotional take, symbol or even narrative. As I move into more expressive abstraction in my painting, opportunities for dimensional layering of my experiences grow. Painting en plein air, sketching and photo-documenting the nature of the Catskill Mountains became another vital mode of connection during the pandemic. I share with you my experiences of the Catskills over the last two years through its trees.”
Hiler received a BFA from Syracuse University in 2002 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. He is the Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Bard High School Early College Manhattan and has taught portraiture at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is currently the Artist in Residence at Bushwick Abbey in Brooklyn. Among numerous shows he has exhibited at the Monmouth Museum, NJ, the SAGE Center, NY, DUO Multicultural Center, NY and currently has a landscape exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan.