Hugh left Wall Street in 1999, and received his MFA in painting in 2004. He traveled from 2006-2014 in remote, often marginalized communities, making portraits from life. He lived for several months in each place he painted and developed close relationships with many of his subjects and their families. His projects cover a broad range of socio-economic themes and have included time spent in working class communities across America, with Haitian laborers in the sugar cane bateyes of the Dominican Republic, with hispanic migrant workers in the labor camps of California and Arizona, with Tuaregs in Algeria, and in a remote village in Niger. He has kept extensive journals on his travels. Recently married, Hugh is currently living in Princeton, NJ, with his wife and three girls. He is currently working on a new body of work and writing a book related to his travels. As a volunteer, teaches poetry at a local juvenile detention center and holds an annual poetry contest there through the Hugh Sarah Poetry Foundation.