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Hillary Scott is an academically trained landscape painter from northeast Massachusetts. She earned her BFA from UMass Lowell in children's book illustration in 2002. She illustrated books for many years before making the transition to landscape painting in 2014. Hillary has an affinity for marshes, seas, and skies, and she finds endless inspiration in the beautiful New England landscape. She has studied with contemporary artists, including Karen Blackwood and Sean Beavers, in addition to workshops with other local artists. Since she began exhibiting her oil paintings a few years ago, she has been accepted into numerous juried shows and won several awards. Her landscape paintings are in private collections worldwide. Hillary is a member of the Oil Painters of America, a master artist member of Newburyport Art Association, and represented by the Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH, and Valerie's Gallery in Newburyport, MA.
As a former illustrator, her technique and goals have evolved. She’s long admired painters like Maxfield Parrish, who successfully created a perfect balance between realism and fantasy. Thus, the purely magical scenes she once painted have been incorporated into realist images sourced from plein air studies, photos, visits, memory, and imagination.
In her latest series of paintings, she strives to capture the fleeting moments of morning and evening light. She’s fascinated by the effect of light on landscapes and attempt to convey a sense of space, season, serenity, and nostalgia. Her compositions are designed to evoke an emotional reaction from the viewer; she considers a visceral response from her audience an important measure of success for a painting. Though she considers herself a realist, the minute details of a place are secondary to the mood and lighting they capture.