About the artist
Hilarie started to draw at the age of two. She drew faces that resembled Keanes' big eye kids from the sixties, ballet dancers and horses. Her love of art continued through high school, and she entered college at Washington University in St. Louis, as a fashion design and medical illustration major. She attended college for only two years discouraged that the core classes for her major had nothing to do with art. She left school and hitchhiked out to San Fransisco to draw portraits in charcoal and pastel on the streets. With virtually no formal art training, she was able to survive for awhile by selling her portraits and travelled around the country doing that.
One day she met a hairdresser that traded a haircut for a portrait and convinced her to go to beauty school to get a "real " job. After a few years in the cosmetology field, she started taking photography classes and loved developing film in the darkroom and styling the photo shoots. She pursued both the hair and photography, but abandoned her drawing skills.
As life took over she continued working in different fields to make ends meet. She became an auctioneer, appraiser, and realtor owning a combination salon, auction gallery and antique mall where she performed all of those jobs together under the same roof. Once again feeling like she needed new skills to earn a living, in 2010 , Hilarie went back to college and got a degree in historic building preservation which opened some doors to her renewed artistic path. One of the classes required her to paint a mural that won an award. Upon viewing the project, her instructor remarked that she had missed her calling and that she should have been doing art.
That experience was an eyeopener. After abandoning her artistic skills for over thirty years, she has taken to oil painting and is attempting to make up for lost time. She is now a full time artist and seeks creativity daily. She has attended workshops from some notable artists whom she admires such as Dan Gerhartz, Max Ginsburg, Zhoaming Wu, Carolyn Anderson, Casey Baugh, Ned Mueller, Scott Gellatly, Thomas Kitts, Eric Bowman, Eric Jacobsen, Mitch Baird, Craig Skrebnik, Jennifer Deihl , Aimee Erickson, Craig Skrebnick, Elena Goubar, Kat Sowa, and Za Vue.
She is greatly influenced by the Impressionist movement of the mid 1800's to the early 1900s and most notably, the Russian Impressionists, in keeping with her own heritage. It is a movement and style that resonates with her personal journey as a fine artist.
She teaches workshops and has been showing work in various galleries and businesses in the Portland / Vancouver area. She also does portrait commissions in her new studio/gallery.