H. Couture Arts
Hilarie Couture has always been an artist but only recently, has been able to concentrate on her art full time. All of her life experiences have translated to her canvases as she is self- taught but attends workshops from many artists she admires. Hilarie is represented by Attic Gallery, Camas, Washington, and her new gallery Castle Gallery in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she currently lives. She has had solo shows, has participated in various local and national group shows and in 2016, had curated her own travelling show in Vancouver Washington called” Founding Mothers Portraits of Progress”, painting 55 portraits of women in her community who made contributions in an effort to honor them. This show exhibited throughout the city for almost two years at numerous venues as a community outreach and at the Historic Museum and the Fort Vancouver Gallery as a tribute to these remarkable women during Womens’ History month. Later, Hilarie wrote a book to document the project and more information about this is on her website, www.hcouturearts.com
Hilarie has been a guest judge for different art group competitions, such as The Gateway International Show on line. Another recent achievement was being published in a prestigious French art magazine “Pratique Des Art “ Issue #53 with a six page article about her portraiture work. She has won numerous awards for her paintings and was a signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society, also member of the International Pastel Society and Pastel Society of America. She is a new member of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society and the Fort Wayne Artist guild.
Hilarie believes in giving back and sharing what she has learned to help other artists. She teaches workshops in her studio and is a popular instructor for various art guilds, retirement facilities, community colleges. etc. teaching specialized workshops. She believes that art education is important especially at an early age and has taught art history and practical application of art principles to homeschool children on a weekly basis. Besides painting her romantic narratives, Hilarie offers portrait and other commissions at her studio/gallery now in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or on location. She also creates wedding and special event paintings attending the venues to paint live as an option.
Hilarie is inspired by light, and color. Her passion brings an energy especially to the painting of people. She is constantly stretching and creating new work that not only incorporates painting with other mixed elements to display new textures, in exploration of the materials and the process. Her work combines meanings, contrasts, subject matter, thick and thin paint, hard and soft edges, paint with pastel, gold leaf and some other unconventional materials …in whatever she creates the goal is to cause the viewer to linger , wonder and enjoy the works.