We had the good fortune of connecting with Hilary Baker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hilary, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Sequestered at home during the pandemic, I’ve had a lot of time to read. I just finished Cutter and Bone by Newton Thornburg. It just may be a perfect novel. By that I mean its structure, characters and dialog are absolutely seamless. Thornburg is a writer whose words carry you headlong towards a powerful conclusion you sense is coming – and when it does, you are overwhelmed.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The best words of advice I’ve ever been given – and which I carry with me to my studio daily is “Just do the work”. I have been making art for the past forty years and the process has been arduous along the way. I’ve had to relocate a number of studios over the years, as finding space in Los Angeles is difficult at best. But through it all, I’ve consistently made art and consistently exhibited my work. I am currently at work on a series of paintings of Los Angeles’ native wildlife in iconic LA settings. LA has a history – though it’s being rapidly erased – and I’m determined to document as much of it as possible.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When friends come to town, we visit every well-known and little known museum in LA, from the Hammer, MOCA and the Getty, to the Bunny Museum in Pasadena and the Museum of Jurassic Technology. And in-between, trips to Grand Central Market, Raffi’s Place for great middle-Eastern cuisine in Glendale (visit the Brand Library and gallery while there), and Pasta Sisters in Culver City. The Self-Realization Fellowship’s lakeside shrine in Pacific Palisades is our respite from the intensity of Los Angeles and minutes from the Getty Villa. When you seek some peace and quiet, there are beautiful hiking trails throughout the city, plus a path that runs the length of the beach communities.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, the writer Phil DiGiacomo, whose support and critical eye are invaluable.
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