Hilary Thorpe



Hilary is a ‘plein air’ painter, she enjoys working out in the elements, capturing atmosphere and vibrancy in her work. Her paintings are inspired by the sea in all forms, be it wave studies, coastal vistas or yacht racing (she is a seasoned sailor). Each painting is a one off piece created outdoors. She works in acrylics and enjoys mixing the constantly changing colours of sea and coast and loves the idea of her work imparting her experiences.


17, Ash Grove,


North Yorkshire

YO21 1HU


Take the B1460 in to Whitby at the Park and Ride roundabout. After about half a mile, pass Lidl supermarket on your right, then take 2nd right in to Ash Grove. My house/studio is at the far end (cul-de-sac) on the right, the last house. My drive which leads to my studio will be clearly marked.


You are best to park on the right side of the road (my side) down towards the block end. If you don’t like to turn round in cul-de-sacs, you could park at Lidl and walk round (check time restriction) - about 400m


I have two entrances, both have a step up but one door can be opened wide for wheelchair access with simple step.


I have a small downstairs toilet in my house with two steps up to the house. Nearest RADAR toilet is on West Cliff


Studio experience

I enjoy opening my studio and chatting to people about my work. I always make visitors welcome by serving refreshments - I make a mean Rhubarb cake! My studio is in a converted garage set alongside a pretty courtyard garden, decorated with quirky seaside finds and collections so its a lovely place to chat.

I am able to display my work on the walls of my studio, but can also give visitors a taste of how I work by setting up a painting to demonstrate. I use palette knives in my work and this is always interesting for people to watch. I often paint yachts in my paintings and being a sailor I have a model boat to offer tips on capturing yachts in paint.

I have done a fair bit of traveling for my work and people always enjoy looking through my traveling sketchbooks and hearing my stories of driving around in my camper.

I have a selection of prints of my work and also make good quality greeting cards with a large choice of images from far and wide. Everyone has a chance to find something to take away from their visit to my studio.