Hilary enjoys exploring, discovering, and capturing the essence of each place she visits, whether it's London, Paris, Rome, Capri, or Pompeii. Back in the studio she selects a painting to be made into jewelry - first she strengthens it with layers of paper and glue, cuts it into fragments, and seals the edges with copper or aluminum or sets the pieces in pre-formed bases. Resin protects and enhances the beautiful images.
Hilary's jewelry has been sold in large and small galleries, including The Guggenheim in New York, and also via Etsy.
She's not at all reluctant to experiment with new effects and works a wide variety of materials into her art pieces... "beeswax, acrylic inks, gouache, watercolours, pencils, oil pastels, gold, silver, and copper leaf, metal foils, pigments, marble dust, chalk, tissue and tracing paper, plus interesting commercially produced paper and found papers - Italian sweet wrappers/ metro tickets, etc." That's quite a list!
Recently Hilary has been making fossil-like paper maché beads from Tyvek and iridescent tissue paper.
This paper maché bowl may have started out quite simply...
but the sophisticated end result shows flashes of turquoise and gold leaf.
Hilary has embraced social media and is always happy to share her knowledge and ideas. Active on Facebook, she's also made a number of YouTube technique videos; the first one can be found here and links to more.