Photo credit: Bridget Mahan
“My paintings reflect the constant change, transformations, and metamorphoses of the natural world. They embrace ambiguity and contradictions, so the distinctions between imagined and real; air, water and land; flower, leaf and butterfly, begin to fade—they attempt to grasp and still for a moment the ever moving, the transitory. I hope they speak of wonderment and awe in ways that words cannot.”
Wilber has made a life, and several different careers, out of art. He has taught 2-D design and drawing at the University of Michigan, where he received his M.F.A. He has worked in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art’s Retail Sales division, managing bookstores and the museum collections store. He has been a master craftsman in art and antique restoration, painting and restoring fine art objects for people and institutions around the world. He has also worked as a freelance artist, doing fine and commercial art. At Montserrat, he brings his career full circle by coming back to the teaching mode.
“As a teacher, I hope my faith and awe in painting’s possibilities can be shared with the student, as I pass on the necessary skills and encouragement that will enrich their journey.”
Education: B.F.A., Boston University; M.F.A, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor