Meet Timothy P. Wilson
Timothy was raised in rural Maine. Attending the Rhode Island School of Design for illustration, he worked briefly in the design field before returning to coastal Maine to pursue a career in painting.
“On the Maine coast, I can lose myself in the landscape. I feel a bond with nature that’s seldom possible in contemporary culture,” says Timothy. “Here, I find a sense of calm and inspiration. And that’s largely because there are places on the coast that are open and undeveloped.”
An artistic collaboration to support conservation
Over the past several years, Timothy has amassed quite a following on Instagram, where he shares images of his work and his adventures on the Maine coast. “I have a platform, and I want to make sure I’m using it to support causes I care about, including land conservation,” says Timothy.
In the summer of 2019, Timothy reached out to MCHT with the idea to make paintings inspired by conserved lands. In celebration of MCHT’s 50th anniversary, in 2020, the artist and organization embarked on a collaboration wherein Timothy would visit as many as 15 preserves, painting what he sees and documenting his travels on Instagram.
The original plan was to exhibit Timothy’s works at Cove Street Arts in Portland in the fall of 2020. Then the pandemic hit…. The full exhibition and celebration has been rescheduled for September 2021. The artist and gallery are generously donating a percentage of sales from “Maine Coast Sojourn” to MCHT and the ongoing effort to conserve the Maine coast and keep it open to all.
Tim Glidden, MCHT President, says of the collaboration, “We’re excited about this unique opportunity and grateful for Timothy’s support and the support of Cove Street Arts. The beauty of the Maine coast has been an inspiration for artists for centuries. MCHT protects land and keeps it open to all so that it will remain so.”