There’s no better way to brighten our gallery walls (and moods for that matter) than with some COLOR! We are so excited to introduce Nashville artist Hillary Howorth as the latest talented artist to join the Well + Wonder team TOMORROW! We have been eyeing Hillary's work for a while now and are beyond excited to add her mixed-media paintings to the collection. Born into a family of do-it-yourselfers, creatives, and musicians, Hillary's passion for the creative and the arts was cultivated and encouraged from an early age. As a self-taught artists Hillary's work breaks the traditional mold of contemporary art and is an experiment in expression and the joy of creating - there is no right or wrong way to paint; there are no rules! We at Well + Wonder could not be more pleased to introduce this "lawless" lady as the latest artist to join our ranks.
We first met Hillary in her hometown of Nashville and while there were able to pick her brain, ask her all the questions, and learn a little bit more about the woman behind the paintings. It was such a joy! Step inside Hillary's bright studio and get to know her better by reading her interview Pardon Me, Hillary Howorth? Then help us welcome her with warm arms by shopping her collection tomorrow at 12pm EST. Welcome to the Well + Wonder family, Hillary!
What is currently on your nightstand?
I have a small piece of art by Alexis Walter, a burl wood trinket box, my charging station for Apple Watch and iPhone and nothing else.
Who is your biggest influence as an artist and why?
I’ve always loved the color and movement in the works of the iconic, Sol Lewitt. He was and remains a true guiding light in modern American Art.
Tell us about your childhood.
What is the most memorable moment as a young person? I grew up in South Carolina, but would travel all over the country as a dancer. In High School, I would spend a month or so in LA with other dancers taking classes from world renowned choreographers. My husband still can’t believe my parents allowed me to do this, but it truly gave me life experiences and exposure that I would’ve never had otherwise. I am beyond grateful for the years I spent as a dancer and the lifelong relationships that came from that period of my life.
If you could only have one supply in your art studio, what would it be and why?
Oh goodness that is so hard as everything needs something else to make the magic happen. But if I had to pic just one thing, I guess it would have to be my pencils. I started my creative journey with just paper and pencil as a young dancer designing the costumes for my dance company’s performances. How lucky was I to be able to see my drawings come to life by the seamstress. Still gives me goosebumps to think about.
What is your favorite room in your house?
Describe it. My favorite room is the one that actually is not perfectly put together and decorated beautifully, it is the one that is messy and open and loud. Our basement is where the playroom is and a large family room. It is where our family plays together, has movie nights and just lets loose. It is by far my favorite space and the reason why we won’t be moving any time soon!
What is your biggest score online?
Im such a bargain hunter and I’m constantly searching the internet for steals and deals. My biggest score online was probably an antique double pedestal dining table that was in near perfect condition and being sold for next to nothing on FB marketplace by a family member of an estate.
What is the benefit of buying art through a collective?
What do you recommend for those that are new to buying original art? You know what they say...”Strength in numbers.” You can find a diverse group of art all in once place that showcases different styles to suit anyone’s personality or preference. When new to buying art, I say start small and build your collection in order to gain confidence. Don’t let it intimidate you. Buy what you love!
If you have the entire day to spend in an art museum, which one and why?
Call me basic, but without question, THE MET! It’s one of the largest and finest art museums in the world that just happens be the an incredible city full of art and wonder itself, New York!
What is your favorite hotel and what makes it special?
My husband and I recently stayed at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN and it was amazing. It is so charming, relaxing and the views are breathtaking. But what sets it aside the most is the incredible food! Everyone deserves to overindulge every now and then.
If you were a lipstick color would you be red, pink, or clear and why?
I’m such an introvert that I’d definitely have to be clear. If red or pink, I would stand out too much and feel like I was standing naked in front of a crowd!
I can never get on a plane without….
My earbuds. Gotta catch up on those podcasts.
How did you get into the world of art?
At at young age designing dance costumes and attending a fine arts high school. I put it away for several years until I was married and pregnant. I was home on bed rest during my first pregnancy with our twin girls, Carlyn and Annalee. All I could do was paint. I painted for my home, for friends, for everyone. Sadly the pregnancy ended in stillbirth, but a incredible blessing came out of so much loss. I started painting for them, continued for healing, which eventually led to a beautifully fulfilling career. Something so beautiful out of something so tragic. So when you see my art, I hope you see more than just circles and layers, but layers and layers of healing and moment of my beautifully complicated life.
What do you do to relax?
I workout. I typically start my day at 5am to get up before my three young kiddos to get the blood flowing and clear my head. I love it. I’m nuts.
When do you get the biggest surge of inspiration?
Typically in bed at night when I really should be trying to rest my eyes, but an idea pops in my head and I have to jot it down or make a digital sketch (which lights up the room and drives my husband bonkers.)
Prediction for the Color of 2022?
Green—it can represent new beginnings and growth. The color also signifies renewal! I think after 2020, we could all use a clean slate and a new beginning!
What is your idea of a date night?
Dinner and a movie or dancing all night? A nice quiet meal followed by cocktails filled with uninterrupted conversations and endless laughs.
Tell us about your favorite painting that you have created.
One that is completely different than my typical work. It is a landscape inspired by the view from my family’s favorite spot, the back porch of our river house on the TN River. The back porch sits atop a bluff and overlooks the water and the wide open trees just on the other side. We love it there! I like being able to see this view from my painting in our home in Nashville when away from the river.
One piece of advice for buying original art?
I recommend going with your gut when buying art. Do you love it? Can’t stop thinking about it? Buy it. It doesn’t have to match your sofa or tell a story that matches your life, it just has to appeal to you for whatever reason and make you happy or sad or whatever emotion that moves you and tickles your soul.