https://americanwatercolor.net/inspired-by-stained-glass/ Hilary paints landscapes of the Canadian wilderness, from Ontario to Labrador. Her recent works are large-scale watercolours sealed with cold wax, mounted on birch panel, as well as acrylic paintings on panel. Primarily self-taught as a painter, Hilary has been painting for over 35 years. Since moving to Georgian Bay she has been professional for the past 8 years. Her focus is capturing the unique landforms around Ontario. Goemorphological landforms intrigue her most. Hilary paints most in watercolours. She thrives on the lack of control that her wet-on-wet techniques allow, since other mediums afford a forced decision making with each brush stroke. Wet on wet forces the excitement of letting go to allow nature to take over. Hilary’s colour palette is vibrant and fully expansive, with no fear of vibrancy. She captures the emotional experience of being out in nature for the viewer. The loose explosions of colour reconnect with the natural vibrancy of the landscapes she experiences while pleinair painting.
Hilary is inspired by the wild fetish of colour that the Ontario landscape affords, the contrasts from winter to summer, the ecstatic explosion of the autumn palette. Her many years of colour research have led her to the courageous combinations she now applies in both her watercolours and acrylics.
Having studied Landscape Design at the Master’s level, Hilary transposes her educational background into her art, painting native tree and plant species of Ontario into her work. Hilary has been featured in PleinairMagazine.com, and American Watercolor.net since she paints predominantly on location to capture the immediacy of live experience when doing her research paintings. Her inked line work creates a 'stained glass' effect in some of her paintings. https://americanwatercolor.net/inspired-by-stained-glass/
As a child, Hilary was inspired by Tom Thomson (the Group of Seven), and in time that inspiration grew to be an obsession. Barron Canyon in Algonquin Park, is a most constant theme in her work, - It was inspired by Thomson’s series of “Gorges of the Petawawa,” which was the original name for Barron Canyon.
Recently, Hilary’s winter wet on wet paintings have incorporated snow as a medium, allowing the natural material to play with abstraction in her painting process. Snow is a very Canadian material, and when combined with watercolour, it enables her to loosen up her creative flow for a more unique blending of the colour palette in her work.
Some other influences are: A.Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Susan Scott, Scott Driscoll, Anselm Kiefer, Brian Rutenberg, Lars Perssons, Georgia O'keefe, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Henri Matisse, Betty Goodwin, YoYo Ma, Gerhard Richter, ...to name just a few.
I am represented by Blue Crow Gallery in Toronto, and Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts, in Collingwood. and Gallery HON, in Collingwood. I am also a member of the Tiny Art Collective, Tiny, Ontario.
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