The RJ Art Gallery
Hilarie started to draw at the age of two. She drew faces that resembled Margaret Keanes’ sad 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 less than two years, discouraged that the core classes for her major had nothing to do with art. She left school and hitchhiked out to San Francisco to draw portraits in charcoal and pastel on the streets. With virtually no formal art training, she was able to survive by selling her portraits and traveled around the country doing that for a few years. Her path through life provided a creative outlet for her, but in 2010, at age 55, Hilarie went back to college and got a degree in historic building preservation. A new door opened 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 all along. That experience was an eye-opener and now Hilarie is oil painting and attempting to make up for lost time. She is now a full time artist, life long learner and seeks creativity daily. Although self taught , she has attended workshops from some notable artists whom she admires such as Dan Gerhartz, Carolyn Anderson, Zhoaming Wu, Casey Baugh, Max Ginsburg, Slava Korolenkov, Eric Bowman, Mitch Baird, and Rose Frantzen.
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The RJ Art Gallery . 546 NE Third Street . McMinnville OR 97128 . 503-472-0840