Hilary Tratt paintings

Hilary grew up in Devon, attended Dartington College of Arts and The Welsh College of Music and Drama.


Moving to the New Forest in 1988, provided an endless source of visual inspiration.

“Exploring the wilder parts of Britain has always been a passion and I very much enjoy the chance encounters with the animals and plants that live there. I try to capture the excitement of those meetings in my paintings. I’m particularly interested in smaller creatures and the  close up patterns of plants.”

  “In order to create a painting, the eye and brain has to study the subject in an almost trancelike state, you become totally absorbed in representing the 3D shapes and textures before you, using lines and colour on paper and sometimes as if by magic, a pleasing result materialises!


Hilary works mainly in pen and ink and watercolour, and has exhibited at various galleries, including : Blackheath Art Society, New Forest Painters Exhibition, New Forest Centre, St.Barbe’s Museum,

and The Red House Museum.


Her Paintings have been published by Langford Press in the book ‘The New Forest Painters’ by Georgina Babey, along with the five other artists in the group.  

 Hoopoes

   On the Sea Shore

  The Robin       SOLD

   Three Hawk Moths      SOLD

 Avocet Antics

Contemplation     SOLD

   Southern Yellow Billed Hornbill

   Leaf Pattern and Ladybird

   Phezz

    Guinea Fowl

 The Tasty Caterpillar

        Robins

   Grey Wagtails

 Goldfinch Trio

 Three Egrets

 Hide and Seek  

 The Sir John Barleycorn

  Born to Run     SOLD

 Waiting for Choir Practise    SOLD

 Song Thrush Studies

         Curlews

   Shelducks

  Fallow Deer

 Lapwings   SOLD

   Wren Sketches

   Longtailed Tit

   Oystercatchers