We had the good fortune of connecting with Hilary Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hilary, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Eleven years ago I moved out of the city to the country. After years of saving I was able to buy an acre homestead about 60 miles north of San Francisco in the lovely land of Sonoma County. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! I have not regretted the move and the life decision for one second although it has drastically altered the course of my life, my career and my artistic inspirations. There is not way of knowing where I would be today if the call of the homestead did not catch me. One thing about this place that is for certain is that it forces a very different type of work life balance that I had before or would have without it. When I lived in the city I focused the majority of my energy into my art, building my business, and saving money for property. The farm, although small, could easily be a full time job by itself. Animals and gardens don’t take care of themselves, and they also have their own daily and seasonal schedules.
Now, I think about my career, my personal life and my homestead as existing in rhythms throughout the days, seasons and the year. I have to plan accordingly as much as I can although there are always the things that are unexpected. Some days I am frustrated at where my time has to be focused, but each part of my day is just a part of the whole life. I also know that they are all important pieces to a life that I love.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Screen printing is the medium that has shaped everything I create. When I tried screen printing in college for the first time, I was instantly hooked. I have not focused on another medium since. I currently have a large archive of limited edition screen prints and I also create mixed media paintings that rely heavily on screen printing. My prints are complex and layered, created by printing between 7 and 30 separate screens. Discovering artists working in screen printing these days as it is not all that common, and artist working with the amount of layers I do is even more rare. I love the medium with a passion. I love creating multiples of images, the graphic quality of the lines, the flat ink on the page or panel, but I am always most excited by being able to put different elements together in the form of a screen print. Collage has always inspired me and I do think of myself as somewhat of a collage artist as well when I piece together patterns, photographs, drawing and painting all into one screen print or painting.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I always love taking friends to the outdoors and taking advantage of the hiking and biking trails in our area. The Bay Area is so full of beautiful landscapes within and hour from the more urban settings.
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?
I would not have even thought that I could make art for a living if I had not been able to be accepted into the local artist community of San Francisco. Through being a part of small galleries and stores selling and promoting local artists, cooperatives, and local artist events, I was able to find customers and a strong Bay Area following that is still the base of my business today.