Updated: Jul 19, 2019
At Berry Art we want to showcase new and exciting artists and give them a special place on our Home page.
We are very excited to announce Celeste Hilmer as our very first Berry Artist and the opportunity to share her background and experiences.
How long have you been an artist?
5 Years. I decided to take up painting as a new pursuit after turning 50.
How did you get involved?
First, I started some art classes in my local area at a friend’s home. We tried different types of art including water colour and pastels. I quite liked pastels but really liked having a paint brush in my hand. I attended these classes for only a short time, maybe 4 classes but was encouraged and inspired. I had tried an acrylics TAFE class in my 20’s but was too nervous and insecure about my ability. The classes I attended later in life gave me confidence and taught me that it didn’t matter if we make mistakes.
Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones
I have entered a few competitions. Since I now paint and am going to classes at Atwell (Alfred Cove in Perth), we were encouraged to enter the Beverley Art Exhibition as they organise a courier service to collect from there. I first entered in 2017 with two pieces. We took a trip out there to see the exhibition. It was very scary to see my art on the wall. I didn’t win any prize that year but took out the Acrylic prize the following year with a piece that was rejected for the competition in Collie. I was also a finalist in the 2017 South Perth Emerging Artist but was rejected in 2018. You never know what the judges are looking for.
What do you love about art? What is your motivation?
I love creating something of beauty. I have always been creative. When I was younger I used to make items like Christmas Cards and colourful posters of collages of ideas. I also used to write poetry and short stories. Now that the kids are older, I’ve allowed myself the enjoyment of being creative again. It is inspiring and makes me feel whole.
How would you describe your style?
With no real formal education of art, I find this question tricky. I see a similarity in my artworks but am not really sure how that is when I paint all kinds of subjects? I guess it is a realist approach as I paint from the photographs I have taken, but the painting takes on a new life from the experience of being there. It is not necessarily a reproduction of the photo.
Who/what are your influences?
As a dancer in my earlier years I guess I am influenced by the balance of form, dynamics and overall mood of the piece. I would have to say that studying dance as an art form is my biggest influence. I have been fortunate to have travelled so that is also a great inspiration.
What are some of your favourite personal works?
Generally, it is the piece I am working on as it has my full attention. It is both surprising and encouraging to me that I have created so many pieces to date. I don’t really have a favourite but am chuffed when the painting finds a home where it belongs and adds value.
What is your creative process?
I guess this depends on what I am painting. As I paint from photos I have taken I really dig deep to the moment of being there. I am very much into the light and shade of the painting and have a reasonable instinct for colour. Quite often I mix up a colour and then decide where it should go. For complete balance the colour is often throughout the whole painting.
What are your goals (if any)?
For me it is just one step at a time. I like to vary what I am doing to keep it interesting and am open minded for the future. I am really enjoying the process.
You can see more of Celeste’s artwork by clicking here.