Growing up in the town of George Inness in Montclair, NJ, Hilary was exposed to many aesthetic events. Her parents were leaders in the art, furniture, interiors, exteriors and garden businesses. Everything beautiful was of great importance. Small wonder that Hilary started painting at a very young age. Living 15 miles outside of Manhattan, both the Metropolitan and the Frick were regular family field trips.
Vermont was the family vacation home – full of forests, mountains and streams. Hilary’s godfather, Tom Dibble who lived in Vermont was a professional artist and naturalist who inspired her to love and paint the outdoors. Hilary returns to Vermont each summer to teach plein air workshops and paint with eminent artists Richard Schmid, Nancy Guzik and their Putney Painters group.
After graduation from Ithaca College, Hilary headed for Manhattan and took night classes in figure drawing at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts. She worked admin jobs at Sotheby’s and Glamour. After an MS degree at Pratt Institute she worked in the computer game business for years and landed a job at Sesame Street.
Many years later Hilary completed an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. More recently, she has undergone specialized training at the Atelier school of Classical Realism in Oakland, working with David Hardy and Rob Anderson. David has provided special coaching in time honored techniques for effectively describing light on form. Hardy’s figure painting teacher was the renowned William Moseby. A talented colorist, Moseby was a graduate of both the Royal Academy in Brussels and the Superior Institute in Antwerp. Hilary says “ David has helped me to unify and expand my previous training and skills into a stronger approach and personal style of which I am very proud”.
Hilary has exhibited in numerous Northern California galleries including Studio Gallery in San Francisco, Renditions Gallery in Walnut Creek and Klein Gallery in Lafayette. Recent solo exhibitions include Arata Gallery in San Francisco, Wente Vineyards in Livermore and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Hilary was recently named one of “Seven Artists to Watch in 2014” by Epperson Gallery. Her work is currently displayed at Moraga Country Club in Moraga and Thomas Bartlett at Napa’s Riverfront.