January 6, 2022

Alumnus Eric Hopkins (’71) was recently profiled in Down East magazine!

Hopkins graduated among the earliest cohort at Montserrat, back when it was still called the “Montserrat School of Visual Arts.” In the intervening years he’s made a name for himself from his home base in North Haven, Maine—particularly through his vividly-colored landscape paintings of Penobscot Bay.

The piece chronicles the other, equally striking facets of Hopkins’ work as well as the path his life and career have taken over the last fifty years. A career that got a start at Montserrat and has gone on to make him one of Maine’s most commercially successful artists.

Read the beginning of the article—written by Down East Editor-in-Chief Brian Kevin–below, and follow the link to read the whole piece.

“Eric Hopkins was in the Black Hills of South Dakota, on the middle leg of an unplanned pandemic road trip, when he first made contact with the ghost of Theodore Roosevelt. The day before, Hopkins had climbed a high hill in the sagebrush country of northeastern Wyoming, in an area called Burnt Hollow, and sat atop its 4,400-foot summit, admiring the sky’s yawning measure and the breadth of the horizon. He snapped a few iPhone photos to jog his memory later on, when it was time to make the sketches that, later still, he might render on paper with watercolors or on canvas with oil paints. Or maybe on wood? Or some other medium? Hard to say. Lately, he’d been feeling the urge to branch out.”

Read more here.

For more on Hopkins from Down East, check out their first piece on him—from his teenaged years in 1968!