enjoy cocktails after a day at the beach.
Most of the neighbors are families who
have summered here for generations. “It’s an
old-fashioned neighborhood,” says Hillson,
whose own family rents a house nearby for a
couple weeks every year. She loves having her
nieces, nephews, or the neighborhood kids
over to work on art projects or bake cookies.
“I just love everything about being home,” she
says. “Puttering around the house with the
doors and windows open and the breeze com-
ing in is when I’m the happiest.”
For Eck — who paints landscapes en plein
air, “because that’s the most fun,” he says —
“there are endless places to go and paint.” He
works with composition, value, transparency,
outside the master bedroom (above left),
Eck and Hillson relax on the third-floor balcony.
In the guest bedroom (above right), a
landscape painting by Eck (and given to Hillson
on their one-year anniversary) mixes with a
framed shell necklace made by one of Hillson’s
daughters and a lacquer box. Eck prefers to
paint en plein air (facing page) in the marshes
around his home.