Hilary Jean Gibson graduated from St Martins School of Art in London in 1979 with a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design. During the 1980s and 1990s she worked as a freelance illustrator in editorial and advertising. She moved from Essex to Brighton in 1980, taking an Art Teacher's Certificate in Education at Sussex University. She has been an art tutor for the Field Studies Council since 1998. In 1994 she obtained a Certificate in Printmaking from Brighton University. She has worked with Tate St Ives since 1995, delivering talks, tours and practical workshops.
Gibson moved to Cornwall in 1994, and completed an MA in the History of Modern Art & Design at University College Falmouth three years later. This was followed by an MA in Illustration : Authorial Practice (2010). As part of the course, she self-published a book about Godolphin National Trust near Helston.
Her work has been included in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on two occasions, and at the Mall Galleries as an associate member of the Federation of British Artists, National Society of Painters, Printmakers & Sculptors. She was commissioned by 'Artists and Illustrators' magazine to write a piece about JMW Turner. In 2017 she undertook a commission for the National Trust involving six large artworks, to be hung in the house at Trelissick Gardens.
She lives in Hayle and has been a tutor at the St Ives School of Painting since 1995. She welcomes illustration commissions.
Painting in watercolour, illustration
2017: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (25 Nov-2 Jan)
2018: STISA Christmas Open Exhibition (24 Nov-2 Jan)
2019: STISA Spring Open Exhibition (4-24 May)
2019: Cornwall Watercolour Society, Rock Institute (11-17 July)
Cornwall Watercolour Society
Cornwall Crafts Association (1995)