About Phil Hilton- Artist


      Phil Hilton started painting as a youngster; first in oils, then as a young adult he gravitated to acrylics. About 1976 he gave watercolors a try, and that has been his life ever  since.
     Always seeking improvement, Phil credits his realistic style to the many teachers and professionals from whom he has learned over the years.  He enjoys sharing his gift
 and knowledge of painting, and has taught watercolor for over thirty five years in many venues, including aboard the ships of several major cruise lines.
He has also published an instructional book titled,  “Watercolor for Beginning Students,” which is available from several online booksellers.
      He claims his greatest artistic achievement to date is becoming a signature member of the Florida
Watercolor Society in 2003. His submissions to art
shows and exhibitions have garnered him awards in six states, and his work is becoming more well
 known each year.

      Phil says that rather than offer some 
philosophical statement regarding his views on
art or painting, he’d rather let his work speak for itself.  

    Phil Has taught for over
25 years,and in recent years
 been an instructor on the
Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Llines

 His instructional book has  proven       popular with his students and among those who want  to learn the basic techniques of watercolor paintin

                                              Exhibits and Awards

Attleboro, (MA) Art in the Park, Exhibitor, 1977

Mansfield, (MA) Festival of the Arts, Honorable mention, 1978

Foxboro, (MA) Public Library, One Man Exhibition, 1978

Wickford, (RI) Greater New England Juried Outdoor Art Show, Exhibitor, 1979

New Hampshire Electric Co. Art Exhibition, Best in Show, 1984

Murraysville, (PA) All Arts Show, Winner, Popular Award, 1987

Allegheny Community College Annual Art Show, 2nd Place, 1987

Jacobsen Frame Co., Pittsburgh, PA, Featured Artist, Oct-Nov, 1987

Greater Monroeville, (PA) Arts Festival, 2nd Place, 1987

AAAP Art Show, Pittsburgh, PA, Cappy & Co cash award, 1987

Artisan’s Showplace Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Exhibitor, Oct - Nov 1988

East Suburban Art League, Freeport, PA, Best in Show, 1988

Penn Art Association, Pittsburgh, PA, 1st and 3rd ribbon awards, 1988

Allegheny Community College Annual Art Show, 1st Place, 1988

All Arts Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Exhibitor, 1989

Christian Art, Penn Hills, PA, Popular award–Judges award-1st and 3rd

Spring Hill,(FL) Art League Annual Exhibit, 2nd Place, 1993

Spring Hill,(FL) Art League Annual Exhibit, SunBank cash award and

 Best in Show, 1994

Hernando County Light Co. Spring Hill, FL, 1st and 3rd awards, 1995

Hernando County Fair Art Exhibit, Best in Show, 1996

Withlacoochee Electric Co, Spring Hill, FL Featured Artist Jul – Aug, 1997

City of Brooksville, FL, Permanent collection, 2001

Stage West Community Theater, Spring Hill, FL, one man show, 2001

Harborside Event Center, Ft Myers, FL, Permanent exhibit 2002

The Jacaranda, Sanibel, FL, Permanent Exhibition, 2003 

Sanibel/Captiva, FL, City Council Exhibit, Exhibitor, 2004

Bonita Springs, FL,  Regional Art Gallery Exhibit, 1st place, 2006


The largest state watercolor society in the United States holds an annual competition to enter its exhibitions. It requires acceptance in three such exhibitions to acquire the status of Signature Member. Phil Hilton became a signature member by being accepted by the professional jurors of FWS and exhibiting at the following locations:

Daytona Gallery, Daytona Beach, FL – 2001

Appleton Museum, Ocala, FL – 2002

Dunedin Fine Arts Gallery, Dunedin, FL - 2003

Shell Point Painters Guild exhibits  - 2020 - 22

Triby Arts Center - legacy gallery

Honorary exhibit sponsored By Shell Point  - 2022