Hilary Gauci is based in rural Aberdeenshire. Her chosen genre is classic still life which has been greatly influenced by the works of the old Dutch masters. The use of light and dark creates atmosphere and depth encouraging the viewer to engage with the painting. The style of her work requires intense concentration which is counterbalanced by the peace of living in the countryside. Hilary is known for her fruit and silver paintings where reflection is a key component of her work. The beautiful colours of fruit with a little foliage offer wonderful opportunities for reflection in the many silver jugs she paints. If you look carefully, you may see a hint of her own reflection in the painting. Hilary also paints other subject matter including old porcelain, eggs and feathers, old books and globes and sometimes game birds.