Rose Phipps and her late husband, the artist Roger HILTON, settled in Cornwall in 1965, into the same cottage which she still inhabits near St Just in the far west of Cornwall. It was not until after his death that she could once again return to her painting and expand her career into becoming one of the leading artists of the area. Her paintings use both softly muted and brilliant colouration; are highly individual and identifiable.  Cross comments on comparisons with the intimate paintings of Vuillard, Bonnard and Matisse.

Among her close friends were Sandra BLOW, John MILLER, Mary STORK, Jane AKEROYD, Patrick HERON and many others of the Newlyn and Penwith Societies, of which she is a member.  She has exhibited at many mixed and solo exhibitions, and regularly at the David Messum Gallery, London. Her work is avidly collected.