Artist is ‘spoilt for choice’ with views of moor and coast

Hilary Thorpe, a well-known painter of coastal scenes around the Isle of Wight, has recently re-located to North Yorkshire from the Island where she lived for 30 years.

Hilary was originally born near Barnsley and now she is residing in Whitby. Finally settled in her new home, she has found some time to get out and about painting and sketching on location, which is her favourite method of working.

Armed with paints and paper she has enjoyed discovering a wealth of places to paint.

Hilary said: “I am spoilt for choice with the coastal views, the pretty towns and villages and the moorland – it is all so different to the island.”

Hilary wanted to show people the sort of work she does, so has hired the village hall at Lythe for a showcase exhibition.

She will be exhibiting a selection of work, a few local paintings, some from a trip to Tuscany last year, a taste of the Isle of Wight, Norway and Scotland. She has a range of limited edition prints and greeting cards.

Hilary is putting on two “taster” workshops to introduce herself as a tutor. Once Hilary has converted her garage to a studio she hopes to run some classes.

Hilary has been practising as an artist for the last 20 years. She trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham, Surrey (now University for the Creative Arts, Farnham).

Obtaining a degree in woven textiles graduating in 1990. Before that, she was involved in teaching outdoor pursuits especially sailing. After leaving Art College, Hilary spent six years teaching art and pursuing her own work. For the last 13 years she has been working mostly as a painter on the Isle of Wight, though recently re-located to Whitby in North Yorkshire.

Combing work as a painter with some occasional teaching and workshops.

“I work primarily on location, I love being outside capturing what I see, things that give me a buzz and that’s what I try to get down on the paper.

“The coast always draws me, I love the constant activity of the sea, the weather, and the wonderful variety of boats.

“Being a sailor myself probably gives me a good understanding of boats and the water. I enjoy painting sailing regattas or seascapes with some reference to the landscape.

“I take time out from the sea sometimes and paint landscapes, I particularly like Tuscany – but the emphasis is working on location.

“I work mainly in acrylics, and enjoy using pen and watercolour.

“Early mornings and late afternoons are good for catching the coastline.

“I was lucky enough to be out sailing and the view to Whitby from the sea is lovely.

“Fortunately it looks like I will get access to a ‘work boat’ now I am a member of the yacht club. I managed a painting the other morning, after getting a bit organised and I sat at low tide to the east of the harbour. I looked along the coast past Whitby. With the sun on the cliffs it brought out fantastic colours”.

The exhibition is open Saturday November 8 and Sunday 9 from 10am to 5pm at Lythe Village Hall, High Street, Lythe, Whitby YO21 3RT

Free taster workshops:

Saturday 8, 10-11am, Make a scrap paper sketchbook

Sunday 9, 10- 11am, try palette knife painting’

Hilary has a website and you can follow her on Facebook @HilaryThorpePaintings and Twitter @ThorpeHilary or call (01947) 229059.