Ahead of a collaborative exhibition in November, Hilary Dancer admits that painting has actually given her a real lust for life, and that some of her inspiration stems from John Lewis!
When did you start painting and what motivates you?
I started painting about twelve years ago as a real beginner, and only became serious after a few years of dabbling with various mediums and subjects.
How would you describe your style?
My style is constantly evolving and has been described by others as ‘atmospheric, romantic and dramatic’. I’m happy with this!
What do you consider to be the best painting you’ve ever done?
I don’t have a best, but certainly the first painting I ever offered for sale remains vividly in my memory. It was a red handbag with sparkly red shoes and was an instant hit. Nowadays my favourite is usually the one I’m working at that point in time.
Do you find certain paper, paints or brushes make a big difference to how you paint?
I’m not at all precious about any of those things; in fact some of my favourite work has been achieved using an old canvas or board, bits of rag, old brushes and random paints. Although I do have a trio of colours that I love and constantly return to.
What has painting given back to you?
More than I could ever have anticipated. I’ve met some inspiring, kind, interesting, lovely people, as well as visiting beautiful galleries and generally appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.
What inspires your work?
Although I paint mostly cityscapes I am inspired by everything around me, from the way light filters through the trees in summer to the layout of the home section in John Lewis. I think the play of light against dark, pattern against plain and sharp against soft Is present everywhere and this is what I look for.
What are you currently working on?
I’m concentrating on expansive views of city life at the moment, I can’t seem to get enough of them!
What can we expect from your exhibition?
Bold colours, large formats, cityscapes (of course), but I never really know what direction a painting will take until I reach the end so there will be a variety of colours and marks this time.
Read more about Hilary on her bio page.
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Hilary is part of the ‘From City to Sea’ Exhibition which runs from Saturday 4th November until Saturday 18th November 2017.
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