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Oil painter Hilarie Lambert will tell you she enjoys painting the familiar: vintage toys, notable architecture, or coastal scenes, but nothing about her work is “ordinary.” Through the filter of light in an egret’s wings in flight, or the way a newspaper crumbles under just-caught blue crabs, Lambert reveals the beauty in what we might have forgotten or gotten too busy to notice – the magic of the every day.

Although Lambert has won numerous awards, what keeps her painting is not the life outside the studio, but the life inside it. “I just want to be the best painter I can be,” she says, and she means it, painting prolifically and covering subjects as diverse as she. Commissions range from landscapes to portraits.

The world in Lambert’s paintings is seen through her sense of humor and love of whimsy. She paints the rainy day in Paris, not the sunny one, the forgotten radio on the shelf, or the boy feeding pigeons in St. Mark’s Square (instead of the majestic basilica), all illustrating her joy in the edges of things, the side streets, the back doors. The paint is laid down in what seems to be quick, loose, but strong brush strokes usually with a very generous amount of paint. This style gives the viewer a definite sense of the artist’s hand and vision at work in the finished piece, and deepens the feeling of connection between subject, artist and viewer.

A former graphic designer, and illustrator from the Finger Lakes of New York, Ms. Lambert has studied under Burton Silverman, Kim English, Scott Burdick, and Judy Carducci. She travels extensively in Italy and France, where she paints and visits family. She lives in Charleston, S.C.  and has two children – Casey, a brewmaster in Tampa, and Samantha, a blogger in Paris.


Associate Member of The Oil Painters of America
Member of the Portrait Society of America


  • First Place - Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2018

  • Featured Artist - Southwest Art Magazine, November 2017 (click for article)

  • Solo Show, Principle Gallery, June 2, 2017

  • Featured at 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Marion Square

  • Selected for ARTFIElDS 2016

  • Selected to participate in the Women Painters of the South East Annual Competition 2015

  • Finalist in Richeson Art 2015 Small Works Show

  • Selected to participate in the "WOMEN PAINTING WOMEN SHOW" at Principle Gallery, September 5, 2014

  • Finalist: 23rd Oil Painters of America 2014 National Exhibition, Bennington, VT. “The Commute” Recipient of the Figurative Honorable Mention Award!

  • Finalist: Artfields Exhibition April 24- May 3, 2014, “The Entrepeneur”,

  • Finalist: Richeson Still Life Competition 2014, “Breakfast in Giverny”

  • “Backstretch”, and “Airborne” Finalists in The Artist’s Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition 2013

  • Finalist: Laumeister Fine Art Competition, 2013 – Bennington Fine Arts Center

  • Finalist in Richeson 75 Small Works Exhibition 2013

  • Finalist in “Birds in Art 2012″ exhibition, Woodson Art Museum, 2012

  • Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition 2010-2019

  • 2011 ”Morning Break” featured in Southwest Art Magazine,

  • Finalist in “Birds in Art 2011″ exhibition, Woodson Art Museum, 2011

  • Finalist in “21 Over 31″ Top Emerging Artists Southwest Art Magazine, Nov. 2010

  • Oil Painters of America Regional Show 2009, 2010

  • Featured in 2010 “Best of America Artists – Oil Painters”, Kennedy Publications

  • Salon International 2009, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio TX

  • Second Place Winner in the Richeson School of Art & Gallery, “Small Works Show” 2009, 2010

  • Exhibition Finalist in The International 2008 Art Kudos Exhibit

  • Finalist in THE AMERICAN ARTIST MAGAZINE 2008 Cover Competition


  • Finalist in the Salon International 2007, Greenhouse Gallery, San Antonio TX

  • Finalist in the Hilton Head International Art Exhibit 2006

  • Featured in Post & Courier magazine “Lowcountry Living”, inaugural May/June issue 2006

  • Selected for Oil Painters of America Small Works Show 2006


  • One Woman Show “The THEATER PROJECT” March 2005,