© Hilary Jean Gibson

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Drawing is my passion and over the years I have accumulated a vast collection of coloured pencils some of which date back to the 1970s when I was a student at St Martins School of Art, London. After my degree in Graphic Design, during which I specialised in Illustration, I worked as a freelance illustrator often using coloured pencils for magazine, editorial and advertising commissions.

Originally from Essex, I later lived in Brighton for 15 years and moved to St Ives in 1994. I now live in Hayle a short walk from the Towans and beaches.

I also have an MA in the History of Modern Art and Design and this understanding inspires my teaching and my own practice.

In 2017 I used coloured pencils in combination with pencil for some large commissions for the National Trust. These drawings now hang in Trelissick House here in Cornwall. 
I have spent much of the Summer of 2021 drawing en plein and I love working on tinted pastel papers.
My favourite subjects include nature and architecture. I love perspective and old houses with a story to tell. I self-published my first book ‘Godolphin’ (2010) as part of an MA in Illustration: Authorial Pratice at UCF. 
My book ‘Illustrations of the Leach Pottery St Ives’ (2018) won a Holyer an Gof award in 2019.

I have included a selection of works; some older like ‘Party Hands’ drawn whilst first a student, ‘Chocolate Cream Cakes’ which I did during a time when I had freelance desk-space in a Studio in Soho, mostly involved in advertising, storyboards and packaging whereas ‘Alison’s Sunflowers’ is a very recent study.
I taught art part time in schools and colleges from 1980 and I run art courses for the Field Studies Council.
I have been a tutor at the St Ives School of Painting regularly since 1995.

I no longer work as a freelance illustrator, preferring to pursue my own drawing projects, and I am very happy to work on commissions.


Holyer an Gof award for my book ‘Illustrations of the Leach Pottery St Ives’ 2019

I show with the Cornwall Crafts Association.

My work has been included in:

Summer Exhibitions, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Federation of British Artists, Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers, Mall Galleries, London.

SGFA, Society of Graphic Fine Art, The Drawing Society, Mall Galleries, London. 2021