Hilarie has led a coloful life before she became a full time artist, studying fashion design and medical illustration in college; drew portraits in charcoal and pastel on the streets of San Francisco, studied cosmetology, studied photography and styling the photo shoots. She became an auctioneer, appraiser, and realtor owning a combination salon, auction gallery and antique mall where she performed all of those jobs together under the same roof.
Hilarie then went back to college and got a degree in historic building preservation. One of her classes required her to paint a mural that won an award prompting her instructor to tell her she should be doing art. Thus, she is now a full time artist who is a life long learner who seeks creativity daily.