Sarah Hillock is a Toronto based impressionistic realist painter who combines portraiture with abstract fields of color.
Her inspiration is derived from her personal connection with nature and her strong values surrounding preserving and protecting the wild spaces that make life possible. Hillock’s distinctive technique of using oil paint on plastic polymer sheets is an exacting and precise
process. Given that the artist works the piece using a wet-on-wet method, she must fully complete the painting before the oil dries. The depth of the paint only allows for a 10–16-hour window before the piece becomes unworkable. To prepare she plans out the painting in charcoal and ink before attempting the final piece. Her process is fast and loose and produces a composition that combines the elements of
precision, planning, energy, and movement.
Hillock graduated with honors from the Arts York Programme at Unionville High School in Ontario with a major in Visual Arts. She went on to study Drawing and Painting at OCAD University, winning the Libby Steinbeck Altwerger Award for Excellence in Figurative Studies. Hillock was granted a coveted space at Loop Gallery in Toronto in the Final Year Show for the Class of 2004. She was awarded an artist residence in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and later received an Arts Grant from the City of St. John’s Newfoundland. Hillock had her first sold out show at Nathan Philips Square at the Toronto Outdoor Arts Exhibition in 2006.
Hillock has been acquired by the Rooms Museum of Art in St. John’s and The City of St. John’s Private
Collection in Newfoundland, and The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA.