About the Artist


Artist Statement

I paint landscapes and still life attempting to create a space of complete tranquility. Ataraxia—a lucid state of robust tranquility, ongoing freedom from distress and worry. I want my work to exhibit a state of “soft fascination” where there is enough interest to hold attention, but not so much that it compromises the ability to reflect. I like to think of my work as a place to go and escape the complexities and chaos of the day to day. I am not interested in creating art that causes discomfort. I want my work to make people feel good. I want them to want to enter into one of my landscapes and wander around feeling at peace. There is something psychiatrists call Attention Restoration Theory (ART). By spending time gazing at peaceful scenery or listening to calming sounds, one can restore ones ability to think more clearly, even heal from injury. It is very subtle and powerful.

I paint in oil on canvas or boards. I have studied at the University of Virginia, The Corcoran School of Art, The Schuler School of Fine Art and have been a VCCA Fellow. As a decorative painter, my work is featured in the Hard Rock Café in Washington, DC.

I live and work in Free Union, Virginia.

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In the Press

My work has been featured in some publications.


Helen Matheson Hilliard