Just looking at photos of Elizabeth St. Hilaire, it’s hard to not be inspired by her. With her vibrant hair, bohemian chic clothing, and high cheekbones she looks like the muse we all wish had been our eccentric high school art teacher. Dig a bit more into photos of her multi-media collages, her “Paper Paintings” and you fall deeper in love with her. Her work contains multitudes of levels, both literally and figuratively, of story, sensory experience, and emotion.
We consider ourselves extremely lucky to be offering an exclusive chance to spend eight long art-filled days with her on the private island South Water Caye in Belize. With the glimmering turquoise Caribbean ocean, white sand beaches, vibrant fish and birds in every color of the rainbow… We think she’ll blend right in! Take some time to delve a little deeper into the artistic inspiration of this amazing woman and artist.
Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in. Do you thrive in chaos or order?
I create art in all kinds of different environments. I have a wonderful studio space near my home in Longwood, FL that I can get to by driving less than five minutes, or even on foot. It’s in a retail space, which makes it nice for visitors to stop by and for walk-in traffic. I enjoy having people visit my studio. In that space I try to keep things orderly and clean, however when I am in the midst of a big project, things can get messy and out of hand. typically I do not clean up until I am finished with what I am working on, between projects. When I am in the throws of creativity, I don’t worry about cleaning up.
I also work in small spaces, such as airline seats (on my seat-back tray table) hotel room desks, and sometimes in public spaces like cafes or Starbucks. Since I travel a lot to teach, I have to always be working on something portable and small that I can take with me. I save the big stuff for the studio.
Do you use a sketchbook or a journal?
Lately I have been experimenting with watercolors. I bought a Sakura Koi field watercolor box and a small pad of watercolor paper, some micron pens, a pencil and found an old kneaded rubber eraser from college (really old). I love the immediacy of this medium, I am able to do small watercolor sketches and studies rather quickly. I’ve been sending these sketches as postcards to loved ones when I travel.
I also do have a journal. When I am home, I love to attend a journalling class at my local Craft Shack. Believe it or not, I do enjoy being a student and not always the teacher.