I sailed from the UK to New York, and discovered a love of painting soon after at All Souls School. That eventually led to a major in Studio Art at Wellesley College and a year at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.
After graduation, I worked as a graphic artist at United Press International, Newhouse Newspapers, and Maturity News Service in Washington, DC. In 2004, I emigrated to Canada and am thrilled to be back in the Commonwealth!
I made the decision to draw and paint exclusively en plein air despite, as I told Our Canada magazine, that "Sometimes it's a challenge to get birds to stay and be painted."
One day, spotting a nesting swan, I rushed home to get a drawing board and pastels. A passerby said, "I've been here 12 years and I have never seen anyone paint that. Do you sell them? 'Cause I'd be interested."
I'd found my metier and have had paintings in group and solo shows, as well as online, for more than a decade. Many are in private collections across North and Central America and Europe.
Inspired by AY Jackson, I've stepped up my winter painting, focusing on flocks of Trumpeter Swans that spend Canada's coldest season along the Northern shores of Lake Ontario.
2021 Prices in Canadian Dollars: Museum Exhibitions starting at $5,000.00
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2021August Swansea movie at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDuhHw2vXcMgRT_Wd_k8KoQ shows 2021 work on the Swansea theme
2021 July Children's Movie How to Paint a Goose is an educational film to be shown in schools
Catalogue of Hilary Porado Works on Paper and Canvas, recent work
The Majesty of Swansea is a painting Retrospective with music by Ginger Grey
Hilary Porado Pastels is a pastel Retrospective with music by Ginger Grey
2019, Sept-October, Joie de Vivre at Swansea Town Hall
2019, January, Ponds and Rivers along the QEW, Woodside Square Library
2018, Sept-October, Sightseeing with Hilary Porado at Swansea Town Hall
2018, January, Naturally Beautiful Toronto, Albion Library
2017, Sept-October, The Majesty of Swansea, Swansea Town Hall
2016, Sept-October, Impressions of Swansea, Swansea Town Hall
2016, February, Motion in Landscape at Runnymede Library
2015, December, Motion in Landscape at Richview Library
2015, September, Second Swansea at Swansea Town Hall
2014, September, Swansea at Swansea Town Hall
2013, January, Windows on the Park at Richview Library
2012, March, April, Impressions of High Park and Sunnyside Beach, Runnymede Library,
2011, October, Paintings, Pastels and Etching at Espresso Mi Vida restaurant
2011, January, Hilary Porado, at Runnymede Library
2010, October, Hilary Porado at Runnymede Library
Selected Group Sales or Expos
2018, September, Locomotion at Art Square Gallery
2017, December, Art for Cancer Foundation at Art Square Gallery
2017, October, 30@3030, Dundas St., West
2017, September, Art Day at Rouge National Urban Park, paid honorarium
2017, June, Art Tour, Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, Junction
2016, Art for Cancer Foundation at their Workshop
2016, November, Mistletoe Magic, John B. Aird Gallery
2016, November, Ontario Plein Air Society Annual Show at Riverdale Gallery
2016, October, 30@3030 Dundas St., West.
2016, June, Art Tour, Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, Junction
2016, February, Toronto West Art Collective at Todmorden Mills Gallery
2015, Art for Cancer Foundation at their Workshop
2015, October, 30@3030 Dundas St., West.
2015, June, Art Tour, Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, Junction
2014, June, Art Tour, Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, Junction
2013, June, Art Tour, Bloor West, Swansea, High Park, Junction
Toronto.com, Sept. 2019
Our Canada, June/July 2019
Inside Halton.com, Jan.2019
Bloor West-Parkdale Neighborhood Voice, front page, Dec. 2018
torontostoreys.com Oct. 2018
My Kawartha.com Oct. 2018
Waterloo Chronicle.ca Oct. 2018
Niagara Falls.ca Oct.2018
Cambridge Times.ca, Sept.2018
snapdetobicoke paper and website Feb. 2018
Bloor West Villager, Oct. 2017
snapdetobicoke newspaper and website, Feb. 2016
Hamilton News.com, Sept.2015
snapdbloorwestvillage, Oct. 2014
snapbloorwest newspaper and website, June 3013
snapetobicoke, February 2013
snapbloorwest newspaper, April 2012
snapbloorwest newspaper, Nov. 2011
snapbloorwest newspaper, Feb. 2011
Globe and Mail, November, 2009
Selected News Graphics