Hilary Lambert

Hilary Mills Lambert, Classical Realist and Colorist

artcomGrowing up in the town of George Inness in Montclair, New Jersey, Hilary was exposed to many aesthetic events. Her parents were leaders in the art, furniture, interiors, exteriors and garden businesses. Everything beautiful was of great importance. Small wonder that Hilary started painting at a very young age. Living 15 miles outside of Manhattan, both the Metropolitan and Frick Museums were regular family trips, as well as the National Arts Club.

Vermont was the family vacation home— full of forests, mountains and streams. Many of the neighbors were professional artists from Boston and New York who summered and painted in Vermont who inspired her to become a full-time artist.

Currently Hilary runs plein air workshops in Vermont each summer.

After graduation from Ithaca College, Hilary headed for Manhattan and took night classes in figure drawing at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts. Over the years during the day she held administrative positions at Sotheby’s and Glamour Magazine. Finding the necessity to build a portfolio for commercial art jobs, she went back to school and received a MS from Pratt Institute. Armed with this degree, she successfully worked in the computer games business for years. A computer job at Sesame Street was a springboard for illustration jobs at Activision and The Learning Company.

Three kids later, all graduated from college, Hilary moved from computers to other areas of art. She completed an MFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has been teaching in the school system of Lafayette, California. More recently, Hilary has undergone rigorous training at the Golden Gate Atelier an advanced study of Classical Realism in Oakland, working with Andrew Ameral. Trained in Florence, Andrew has helped me to unify and expand my previous training and skills into a stronger approach and personal style of which I am very proud.