Victoria Hilliard


Artist Statement

I trained in Graphic Design and Fine Art and have come from an extensive Cornish family who all seem to be creative in one way or another. I had parents who were Potters and market gardeners, growing Anemones and Polyanthus to sell in Truro. I had a creative and stimulating cornish childhood surrounded by paintings Pottery textiles and flower farms.


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In my 20’s I decided to explore the world, traveling to Africa and India.The colours of these continents still influence my work today. When I came back to England I worked as graphic designer in London and Birmingham, But Cornwall kept calling me back home and I eventually  settled in West Penwith. It was here that I started experimenting with ceramics and painting. It was the combination of my love of horticulture and my love of the tactile quality of clay that set me on the path that I still travel today. Clay to me is a medium I use to illustrate my ideas, whatever touch’s and moves  me . It could be the seasons the land the light and sea. Its detail and its magnificence I use stoneware clay which I hand craft and carve  and then fire in a small Kiln. My frames are made from Tulip wood by a local carpenter. He also makes my boxes and cupboards which I design. As well as the clay crafted work as I also love to paint with oils. I like to work fast when painting. It is a completely different energy, which enables me to capture a moment. My inspirations are  the land the sea, nature, my family and  my handsome whippet “Trigga”.  I agree with the cornish artist John Miller. “Each picture is an act of Gratitude.” I hope you enjoy looking at my portfolio. Its an eclectic mix of my creative journey. I am also available for private Commissions. And if you decide to come and visit St Ives, I am usually in the Artspace Gallery, on the quay, on a monday so pop in for a chat.

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