Aldro Thompson Hibbard was born on Cape Cod and raised in Dorchester in a family of modest means. From an early age he had a talent for fluid, accurate drawing. He attended the Massachusetts Normal Art School. In 1909 he enrolled in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he completed four years of study. Hibbard toured Europe on the Museum’s School Paige Traveling Scholarship from 1913 to 1914.
Hibbard exhibited widely in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 1916 he exhibited in a one-man show at the Boston Art Club. In 1919 a group of winter scenes at the Guild of Boston Artists set the standard for his mature work. Hibbard painted outside even in the middle of winter, a practice he continued throughout his life. In the summers, he would travel to the seashore. He became known as the “Painter of New England Winters.”
Hibbard painted until 1965 when his eyesight began to fail. The Guild of Boaton Artists, where he had exhibited for forty-five years, mounted a retrospective exhibition that same year. Hibbard died in Rockport, Massachusetts in 1972 at the age of 86.