Hilario believes that as an artist he must be free to explore all directions and materials to bring forth his creativity. And, to successfully create a piece of art, he must seek out and interpret all the influences that pass through his conscious and subconscious self. These influences, what he calls the ethereal chaos of his spirit, allow him an endless flow of creativity and give his art authority and truthfulness.

Hilario’s discovery process involves back road trips to remote and wild areas of his beloved Sonoran Desert and the American Southwest. He calls these adventures Field Studies and they provide him with tremendous inspiration.

Come along with him to some of his favorite places. See him in his studio as he creates his art. And read about his influences in his blog and in his books.

Hilario's Blog

A review of Hilario’s most recent solo show, Full Circle at Tansey Contemporary is featured on the Editorial page at Visual Art Source. Click here to read review.

The weekly magazine, Santa Fean NOW, has published a profile of Hilario

Hilario is now on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube

SmithKlein Gallery, Boulder’s premier fine art gallery, is featuring Hilario’s work

It was twenty years ago on New Year’s Day 1994 when Hilario faced the massive stone monoliths of Monument Valley in Arizona and recognized for the first time his true nature. On that day

Hilario is now on YouTube.

Hilario has granted permission to the production company of the Lifetime Original Series “Drop Dead Diva” to use his artwork on the show’s set. The work featured is

Hilario is the Guest Artist in the June 2013 issue of Phoenix Home & Garden: The Magazine of Southwest Living.

February 28th Read ››
It Draws Me Up

Recently a client purchased a work that I created in 2009. The client connected so strongly with it that he asked me

For many years now I have been writing and talking about how my art comes through me.  How I am the brush that translates my emotion, thought, and talent onto the canvas. But lately I have come to a new realization that the sophistication and intellect of my art has left me behind; that the….

September 7th Read ››
Kinishba Ruins

In an open meadow at the southern end of the valley carved by the White River in far east central Arizona sits the ruins of Kinishba. This lovely place was home to Pueblo people, distant ancestors of the area’s current residents, the White Mountain Apaches. As early as 800AD people lived here

Sometimes it is hard to decide whether I chose to be an artist or art chose me.  I believe that the ability to go forth into a dedicated life of an artist is a decision that is not always one’s choice. I myself flirted with the notion of being an artist, but never possessed a….

Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine profiles Hilario and his art in the Style Makers feature of the Fall 2010 Arizona edition. Luxe Magazine caters to the sophisticated

A good friend told me that he would have responded to my blogs but “they were too deep”.  I know it’s been a while since I have discussed my work and my feelings but my point of view is sincere.  And, as an artist, I try to make my point of view inspiring and thought….

Hilario makes his home in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains. This is a deliberate choice. The Sonoran Desert that he so loves flourishes here because of the altitude and the little extra rain that falls, caught by the nearby mountain peaks. He calls it a really good day when he can hike the foothills,

The other day I was asked how I find my inspiration.  So, even though I talk about this in my book, I told a story. Three brushes were in a can talking to each other on who was the best artist.   One argued that it used the boldest colors, the next shouted “my canvases are….

I have a confession to make… recently I went through artist “block”.  I was shifting from one style to another, but nothing was evolving.  After struggling, I stopped and examined just what was happening.

Newcomers to the Sonoran Desert often lament that there is no season change, that the only difference is a cooler night in the winter. But, if you have lived and loved this desert as much as I have, the subtle changes are monumental.

Today my wife and I attended the 2nd annual American Indian Music Fest held at the Casa Grande National Monument in south central Arizona. The event offered two days of music by incredible flautists

January 25th Read ››
Winter Camp

The Four Corners region of the American Southwest is home to the Diné Bikéyah or Navajo Nation. This vast land of more than 26,000 thousand acres covers parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah and northwestern New Mexico. It offers endless inspiration to Hilario. Hilario’s daughter-in-law is Navajo and spent her childhood in this windswept land….

What would you think if I called myself Sir Hilario, King of Art? It would be ridiculous because it means absolutely nothing. So why do some artists throw a name onto a finished piece of art without it belonging to the work?

My art is a conduit to connect your emotions and feelings to what you are observing. Let me explain, you, the beholder, completes the reason for the art to be art. It is always about the beholder not the artist.

Not far from Hilario’s home, in east central Arizona lies the 5800 acre White Canyon Wilderness. This pristine desert of soaring cliffs, secret streams and chalky white rock offers endless renewal and inspiration for Hilario’s vision. A primitive road traverses this remote wilderness. Popular with hikers, rock climbers, horseback riders and back road adventurers the area….

In the high Sonoran Desert, a 700 year old cliff dwelling nestled in rock overlooks Roosevelt Lake in Central Arizona. These ancient structures and the surrounding terrain provide endless inspiration for Hilario. Hilario has visited Tonto Monument many times to sit among the ruins and contemplate the endless horizon, the fragile desert and cliffs, and….

Near the peak of the 7,100 foot Bradshaw Mountains in Central Arizona sits the old mining town of Crown King. The road to Crown King was once a route for a narrow gauge railroad. It is now a dusty trail through the Castle Creek Wilderness, passing near Bumble Bee and Bloody Basin in the desert….