Featured Artist - Hilary Mueller

At Calypso, we publish cards by artists from all over the world - tell us where you grew up and where you live and work. 
I was born in Michigan, and grew up in Ohio and Indiana. I moved to central Indiana when I was 9 and have lived here ever since. My husband and I are now raising our two daughters here. I love the Midwest!

What is your work environment like, do you have a home studio? An ocean view? what sort of music do you like to listen to while you work?

My studio is currently in the corner of my bedroom. I have a large handmade standing desk that my dad made for me. It makes the perfect workspace for larger paintings. It also doubles as my shipping station. When I am not at my desk, I love working from the couch or bed with my iPad. After a long day I love relaxing and creating digitally. I usually listen to podcasts while working, but often I find myself working in silence. 

How is your day structured as a working artist?

I am a mom to 2 girls, ages 5 and 3. I have 2 days a week when they are both in school so those are my most productive times. I fit the rest of my work time into small bits here and there; naptime, after they are in bed for the night, early in the morning, and on weekends.

How did you begin your career as an artist?

I did a lot of painting in my early twenties. I tried out many mediums and am mostly self-taught. When I was first starting out, I opened an Etsy shop, sold my art at local art fairs, and things just slowly evolved from there. I took a few years off while my kids were babies. Now feel like I am on a new path, exploring licensing, freelance work and my own online shop. 

What was your first big success as an artist? 

I sold an original painting at an art fair when I was just starting out. It was so exciting! I felt honored that someone saw the value in my painting.  

What inspires your work? 

I am inspired by nature, my daughters, music, and color! I am always noticing things around me that end up making their way into my paintings later. 

Are there other artists that inspire you? 

My favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh. I love his use of color and movement. There are so many talented artists that I follow on Instagram. I find inspiration from them daily.

What is your earliest memory of creating art? 

I have been creating for as long as I can remember. My parents had a table set up in our basement that I used as my craft table. I remember making huge messes and having so much fun. I am grateful that I grew up with that freedom to explore and create.

What is your favorite medium? 

I love using acrylics, watercolor and collage. Most recently I have been creating in Procreate and that is my new favorite! 

How has your style changed over time?

My style used to be very detailed and intricate. Over time it has evolved to be more free-flowing and simple.

Of all the cards we publish by you, do you have a favorite? 

My favorite is the “Make a Wish” birthday card. 

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