His art is the expression of self discovery that's been going on from he was able to draw and arrange sticks and stones on the only beach in the small, quaint settlement where he was born.
Hilton Woodside was born in 1949, on Stafford Creek, Andros Bahamas. He began his early education there in a one room school house, before his family relocated to Nassau, Bahamas for economic reasons. His secondary education continued at Western Senior (now C.R. Walker) on top of the hill, between Blue Hill Road and Market Street. graduating after four years from that institution and,on to the royal Bahamas Police college. After serving as police officer for more than (6) six years, Mr. Woodside's life changed focus.. The desire to draw and create things became overpowering, and he eventually resigned his position as an officer on the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
In 1979 while employed in the hotel industry in the capacity of Night Auditor, he met Mrs. Elizabeth Weeks (deceased) a retired Visual Arts and Design educator, she owned a unit at the Coral Beach Hotel/Condominiums, Freeport Grand Bahama. Mrs. Weeks taught classes in a conference room at the hotel three days per week, most of the person's involved (including Mr. Woodside) studied Art History and Design - which was the main focus for a period of (3) three years.
Hilton said that as a youngster, he always had a unique desire to draw and make things, back then his favorite foundation was discarded brown paper and pieces of twigs burned in an open fire to make charcoal. Soberly he said ' Art has always given him the sense of self-discovery, a freedom to create, to design using colors as liberal as possible' This preoccupation is now evolving into a spiritual way of life. As a true environmentalist, his work in expressionism and non objective art today continue to develop him spiritually.
Mr. Woodside's work was exhibited in many shows throughout Nassau, most recently in 2007 he had a one man show at the Sin-Qua-Nun Gallery, on Elizabeth Avenue.
Presently his work can be viewed at the National Arts Gallery of the Bahamas, Balmain Gallery and on my web site.the address is, hilton-woodside.artistswebsites.com