Printmaking is such a compelling and addictive medium— I have found it informs all my other work— painting, drawing and installation in terms of line and color. It narrows decision-making—and requires plotting moves ahead, as in a chess game. I love the medium for the limitations that are inherent in the process. Line, mass and color are somewhat dictated by the materials being used. And as in any medium there is the excitement of the accident that leads to another way of making.
After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Art History, Alison Derby Hildreth worked in New York and went to night school at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Art. After which she moved to Maine and continued her studies in Studio Art; she graduated from the Maine College of Art in 1976. Since that time Alison has had several studios in Portland and now is located at the Bakery Studios at 61 Pleasant Street. Her practice includes mixed media drawing, painting, printmaking, and installation work.