Oil painter Hilarie Lambert will tell you she enjoys painting the familiar: vintage toys, notable architecture or coastal scenes, but nothing about her work is ordinary. It can be the wings of an egret in flight or the way a newspaper crumples under just-caught blue crabs. Lambert reveals the beauty in what we might have forgotten or become too busy to notice: the magic of the everyday.
Although Lambert has won numerous awards, what keeps her painting is her fascination with the process. "I just want to be the best painter I can be," she said. She paints prolifically in the studio and on location, covering subjects as diverse as she is.
The world in Lambert's paintings is seen through her sense of humor and love of whimsy. She paints the rainy day in Paris, not the sunny one; the forgotten radio on a shelf; or the boy feeding pigeons in St. Mark's Square (instead of the majestic basilica); all illustrating her joy in the edges of things. The paint is laid down in what seems to be quick, loose, strong brushstrokes, usually with a generous amount of paint. This style gives the viewer a definite sense of the artist's hand and vision at work in the finished piece, and deepens the connection between subject, artist and viewer.