Hilary Dron was born in Liverpool and completed her degree at Central School of Art and Design, London. She worked as a designer for Liberty before beginning a 30 year career, teaching Art in schools and in Further Education. After a recent sabbatical in Japan and the Far East, she decided to leave teaching and concentrate on her own work, something she has always wanted to do.... The last six months have represented a huge step for Hilary and have included a commission by Aintree Hospital and exhibitions in and around Liverpool. Hilary has also had work represented by the Lancashire Open Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery and Liverpool Art Fair. She recently won Stiwdio Maelor’s very own ‘The People’s Choice’ award for one of her tree paintings.
Speaking about her work, Hilary notes: “My paintings are about colour, light, texture and atmosphere. They are reimagined experiences of a personal memory memories of landscapes I have visited, from woods in Liverpool, mountains in Taiwan to sakura blossom in Kyoto, Japan. I recently spent ten days in Ballycastle, County Mayo painting the coastline, bogs and beautiful surrounding surrounding Irish countryside.”
Hilary works in a new medium – oil and cold wax, often layering up to thirty or more layers in each painting and then working down into each layer to discover what is beneath, using solvents, scraping and blotting, an approach that reflects the natural processes that inspires her. Hilary’s aim is to achieve a structural integrity through these multi layered surfaces. She paints to get into that quiet place in her mind, where there is no sense of time and she hopes her paintings reflect this essence of a deep, quiet experience.