As a social realist painter, Hilary’s past series and body of work explores the nuances of contemporary youth and the spectrum of issues surrounding their growth and transformation into adulthood. Her focus is on rural youth, and the ramifications and the cycles of limitations of locality, privilege versus reality, and cultural degradation, loss, perseverance, and recovery.
“My work explores the relationships between supposedly ordinary experiences of life and the ethereal beauty of these moments that sits just below the visual surface of everyday living -- the spiritual core and essence of living life that is universal -- love, peace, happiness, joy, truth, pain, sadness, loss, fear, and anger. For me, painting is a way to use color, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image. I also explore the range of possibilities allowed through color choice, composition, method of application, surface preparation, etc. I don't seek to push my personal beliefs onto the audience, rather I encourage them to connect with a common interest, such as a shared nostalgia or stirred memory. I draw inspiration from groups like The Impressionists, the early abstract expressionists, the Fauves.”Hilary is also an avid en plein air painter, and maintains a blog, “Field’s End Art” of smaller figurative and landscape paintings done on location of her travels, both locally and abroad.