Q+A: Hilarie Couture

Portrait artist Hilarie Couture uses colorful, impressionistic brushstrokes to bring her subject’s essence to life.

How would you describe your style?

 Romantic Impressionism to  contemporary Realism.

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

Figurative and portraits the most. I love to paint people.

What medium(s) do you work in?

 Oil, pastel, mixed medium, charcoal, glass, watercolor.

How has your process evolved?

I used to just try to render everything realistically, and I feel like I am developing my own voice as an artist.  I work on different elements to try to gain a better understanding of my craft, so sometimes it’s light or color or application of paint… whatever I can do to continuously grow. 

What got you started creating art?

I started drawing at two years old. Well, I colored clothes on my dad’s playboy magazine women… can I say that? 

What artists influence your work?

So many artists inspire me… Historically, it is Sorolla, Bougureau, Zorn, most of the Russian Impressionists, Fechin, Richard Miller; then there are the contemporaries: Zhaoming Wu, Quang Ho, Dan Gerhartz, Dan Volkov, Christian Hook, Casey Baugh , Rose Frantzen, Richard Schmid, Ingrid Christiansen, Sunny Apinchapong Yang, Richard Burlet, etc… etc… etc…

"I work on different elements to try to gain a better understanding of my craft... whatever I can do to continuously grow." 

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