Hilary E. Bartlett’s paintings will be on display at Southport Memorial Library during May and June. Her art covers a broad range of subjects in soft swirls of watercolor to bold swaths of highly textured acrylic inks. While some pieces are representational, she also likes to paint intuitively and allows the fluid spontaneity of initial pours to suggest a composition. A few images depict enchanted realms inspired by her mother’s published fantasy tales. Others evolve into underwater scenes that reflect her marine biology background.
Hilary grew up in the bustling seaport of Liverpool, England, and fell in love with Maine’s rocky coast. She jokes that she came here in 1975 to study red-tide organisms and never left. Hilary changed careers after she had a daughter and started a home-based art business, West Harbor Studio in West Boothbay Harbor. Her paintings have been exhibited in galleries and art centers in Maine and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Several of her ink paintings have won awards.
A selection of her whimsical fairy houses will also be on sale at the library and she takes commissions for portraits of people’s homes. Hilary can be reached at 449-6847.
Southport Memorial Library is located at 1032 Hendricks Hill Rd., Southport. Questions? Call the library at 633-2741.