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Hillary Hardison

I am an artist and art educator living in Roanoke, Virginia with my outdoorsy husband and adorably precocious black pug, Scully. As the daughter of an architect, my passion for art began early and led me to the studio art program at Ferrum College. I knew I wanted to be a teacher at a very young age and loved helping my mom with her in-home preschool.  

I pursued a career in museum art education at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center's, Bemis School of Art and most recently, served as Children's Education Manager at the Taubman Museum of Art from 2011 - 2017.  

For over fifteen years I have been sharing my passion for enriching lives through visual art. I teach classes for children and adults in a wide variety of techniques including: encaustic painting, collage, jewelry/silversmithing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and other mixed media techniques.  

My own work includes encaustic paintings, collage, and mixed media assemblages.  I have participated in several regional exhibits and am currently showing my work at the Aurora Studio Center.

My work is about noticing and bringing out a little of the mystery and magic that dwell just beneath the surface of everyday life.  A small scrap of paper, a broken toy, a seashell or branch can all contain symbols, messages, memories, and beauty to be discovered in layers.  I enjoy working with the textural translucent quality of encaustic paints.  I strive to capture an ephemeral quality through blending and layering collage, printing, and assemblage techniques.  

I draw inspiration from my love of nature and gardening, western life, writing, antiques, old photos, and an obsession with miniature ephemera often found during my thrifting adventures.  



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