Hilary’s painting work has been a constant aspect of her life, developing from watercolours to oils and back again over the past 35 years. Recently, her addition of inked lifework has added a unique surface dimension to both her watercolours and her oils. Her lifework offers a meditative response to each painting as the eye meanders around the details of the piece.
Hilary Slater completed four post-secondary programmes include Textile Design from OCAD, Visual Arts at Guelph University, a Bachelor of Education from Western University, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto.
A major influence on her work from as far back as childhood was Tom Thomson. A school project and a trip to the McMichael Gallery introduced her to his work at the age of 12.
Hilary recently moved to the Georgian Bay area to focus intensively on her landscape painting and sculpture. She has had shows in Midland, Collingwood, Goldwater and Toronto. Hilary’s receipt of the prestigious Clerkson Award in 2017 as well as her 3rd place prize at the Kleinburg Plein Air Competition in 2018, places her squarely as an “Artist to Watch”. Hilary has works owned by collectors in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Wales, Britain, south American, Australia and of course, Canada.
When Hilary isn’t painting, she is producing pottery, baking bread or writing novels.