never a question as to what Meredith Hilt wanted to be when she grew
up. As soon as she could talk, she told everyone she was going to
be an artist and live on a farm with LOTs of animals (especially
horses!) Her childhood was spent with her family traveling the world
with her Naval officer father. She saw firsthand some of the most
beautiful artwork in the world; Michelangelos Sistene Chapel,
the works of the Louvre, and the Grecian Acropolis.
graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in
Visual Communications, Meredith spent the next 30-some years in
the graphic design field creating throw away art. Everything
was disposable or temporary such as magazine illustration, package
design, corporate imaging, brochures, billboards, and direct mail
(that dreaded junk mail). Eventually, she ditched the corporate
world, and her lifelong love of horses led to a stint as a retail
saddle shop owner. Seven years later, the Hilts sold the store
and Meredith reentered the design field. This time she jumped head
first in to the then emerging Internet - where things are even less
tangible! Everything on the World Wide Web is virtual; in other
words, like the ether.
"temporary" art field Ms. Hilt participates in is Face
Painting. It's worn for several hours and then washed off. But the
look on children's (and the adults!) faces when they first look
in the mirror after being painted, is worth it! Meredith loves interacting
with her "human canvases"!
has since discovered that she also wanted to make a more permanent
mark on the world. Painting and jewelry design had always been passions
shed never had time to indulge, but now she creates to her
heart's content. Meredith's painting and metalsmithing reflect what
she loves;animals and nature themes.
her hands and imagination, Meredith creates unique, organic pieces
with a contemporary flair. Her jewelry is often embellished with
ivory, artisan glass or semi-precious stones. The results turn precious
metal, wire and stone into wearable pieces of artwork.
has taken some twists and turns, but Meredith is finally living
the life she once predicted - happily creating art and sharing a
10 acre farm (Renaissance Ridge), with her husband, their beautiful
daughter from China, and a multitude of animals (yes, especially
work can be found in boutiques and galleries in Virginia, Maryland
and also on Etsy.