Hilarie Lambert's goal is to make her paintings magical. Given the right light, she can transform the most mundane of objects into a thing of beauty. It is the often-overlooked stuff to which she is drawn. Her series of vintage toys, or movie theaters in the South, or ladies dresses, show the diversity and humor from which she paints.
"I really like to paint from life, so whether it's a model in the studio, or a camera on the windowsill, it's the light and shadow that I want to capture. I try to find things that have a nostalgic feel, and then put it on canvas."
Hilarie is a dedicated master of light. She began as a graphic designer and illustrator. She worked as an art director for a large corporation and did illustrations for Scholastic Magazine. Fine art had tugged at her artistic soul for years, so later in life she gave up her day jobs and took on painting full time. Now she is teaching workshops, traveling to paint in Europe, or is in her studio on James Island that her husband built her by 7:30 a.m. . I end the day when my husband walks out at 5pm with a glass of wine.