A little history on George
Master craftsman George Hilton, a retired Lynn MA Fire Lieutenant, draws on his own extensive personal and professional experience to create the stunning works of art that bear his name. An avid hunter and fisherman, George was a licensed taxidermist for twenty-five years. He was renowned in the industry for his remarkable ability to capture and recreate the essence of wildlife fish and game. As expert Harry Kenerson, sportsman's journalist, once said of George Hilton in his featured article, "He mounts the best rainbow trout I have ever seen."
In the 1990's when Jurassic Park was all the rage, George created a sensation by hand painting and mounting dinosaur heads. "Hilton Heads" soon caught the attention of The Sharper Image and George's dinosaurs were chosen as the featured item in their Christmas Catalogue. CEO Richard Thalheimer of The Sharper Image wrote of George's works of art "Few handmade collectibles have generated as much admiration and conversation in our offices."
"Hilton Heads" began appearing in such places as the Boston Museum of Science and were shipped all over the world. Now George has applied his extraordinary talent to create stunning works of art to carving and painting wooden birds. Because each life sized bird is crafted one at a time, each bird is an original and comes with a certificate and brief history of the species itself.
The process of handcrafting each bird is a laborious one, but once the final touches including glass eyes are added, if they looked any more real, you'd have to feed them.
About the Artist
George Hilton draws on his personal and professional background to create the stunning works of art that bear his name. It is impossible to walk by life size George Hilton Creations without expecting wings to flap, tails to wag or gills to open. If they looked any more real you'd have to feed them.
George is a visionary. Durying the nineties when Jurassic Park was all the rage, George who was a licensed taxidermist for twenty five years, created a sensation by assembling and airbrushing dinosaur heads.
"Hilton Heads" soon caught the eye of the "Sharper Image" whose executives chose George's dinosaur heads as their featured item in their Christmas catalog. CEO Richard Thalheimeir wrote of George's works of art on the first page " Few hand made collectables have generated as much admiration and conversation in our offices."
"Hilton Heads" began appearing in esteemed places such as the Boston Museum of Science, libraries and schools and were shipped all over the world while George continued to serve the Lynn, Massachusetts community as a full time Fire Lieutenant.
Today George's life sized wildlife creations have found homes in Canada and along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. This multi talented artisan who airbrushes life into every carving, was also a professional magician who performed throughout New England for over four decades. When astonished crowds asked "How did you do that?" George would answer "It's Magic."
Although he replaced his wand with carving tools and brushes years ago, one need only to see a George Hilton Creation to believe in "magic".