In 1983, within the whitewashed walls of the International Center of Photography in New York City, Hillie stumbled upon a show entitled: “Karsh: A Fifty-Year Retrospective” which was being prepared for exhibition in another part of the gallery. Along the floor, she marveled at portraits of Winston Churchill, Fidel Castro and Audrey Hepburn. But she couldn’t help feeling the fotos were “out of order” and “automatically” began re-arranging them to HER liking. A gentleman approached her to exchange pleasantries and “thanked her” for the order which now made sense to him as well. A week later, she returned to the show and saw a picture of the man who “thanked her”; it was Yousef Karsh. In that defining moment, Hillie, began embracing fotography as part of her life.
Hillie describes herself as a “Certifiable Art Dork” and draws inspiration artisans which include: Max Ernst, Frida Kahlo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keefe, Vivian Maier, Pablo Picasso, Irving Penn, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol and family friend Keith Haring.
Her work has been unveiled in shows across New York State and abroad. In 2k16 she was awarded the Latin American Biennial Award for Creative Photography in New York City. In addition, she is a premier fotographer for the Rye Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, New York.
As artisans go, her love for creativity is a very personal aspect of who she is. “Sharing art is an ‘Xposure of my Soul’”; hence the play on words for - Xposure Artisan.
When she is not behind a lens, she enjoys being a mum to her daughter and Yorkie. She is also an ice dancer, painter and cos-player.