If you’re painting you’re happy!
My books, articles and paintings give you the means to draw and paint.
So here’s to making you happy!

But first, here’s a bit about me: I’m the author of four art instruction books. The latest is PORTRAITS Right from the Start. The book contains a mass of information on features, proportions, perspective and the head, and how to draw and paint portraits. It gives you the means to become a pro at painting people by just working through the lessons in your own time at home! You can “Look Inside” on the books’ page on this site and you’ll see what I mean.  (Available: orderform). 
My other books are Watercolor Right from the Start. (Available See orderform),  and  Color Right from the Start, (Sold out).
Hilary Page’s Guide to Watercolor Paints with FREE online Updates is a landmark book.  I still send out the FREE updates: email me and ask for the latest update list.  –   The Guide is sold out though you may find used copies on line. My latest article (July 2024) is a review of the new Michael Harding Watercolours and how to test paints, including testing for lightfastness and paint characteristics that are terrific for watercolor painters. The cover of the magazine is a pink flamingo so it’s easy to spot. It’s available at Barnes and Noble in the USA.
On this site I include information from the Hilary Page’s Guide to Watercolor Paints such as information on Reflectance Curves that enable you to gauge each paint’s mixing potential. My SUPPLEMENT to the (Click HERE )gives  information on testing your paints. (This is not the FREE Update that you receive by emailing me at .) Check it out!
Here I’m giving a talk about my Guide at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston’s monthly meeting
I’ve written over fifty magazine articles including for American Artist Magazine’s “Watercolor” issues (Steve Doherty editor) and  the Artist magazine UK, Dr. Sally Bulgin, editor).
My article on  “Visual Complements the Difference between Visual and Mixing Complements” will change the way you think about color and change the way you paint! I coined the names Visual and Mixing Complements that are now part of the painters’ lexicon.  I figured out that there are indeed two types of complements based on two syntheses.
Aureolin Alert: the Defective Paintis an article that you will be interested to read. In doing my lightfastness tests, I noticed that Aureolin (PY40) rapidly turned brown and faded when exposed to light. It also explodes out of the tube in many instances. Truly an awful paint. This is contrary to its good ASTM rating. The chief chemists of Winsor & Newton and Daniel Smith concurred with my finding. Michael Harding Watercolours offers Lemon yellow PY175 instead of Aureolin that is the same color, lightfast, non toxic and cheaper too! My Sparkling “ Interference Paints” article contains more unique color information.
Workshop participants called me “The Tiger Woods of Color” in appreciation
for  my work and insights into the nature of color for graphic artists. I loved that! Who wouldn’t!
I’ve produced seven art instruction DVDs. My paintings can be seen at my web galleries. Click on each item for more information. An orderform is provided if you would like to make a purchase.   Finally I’m an experienced workshop instructor and have taught in the USA and internationally though not too much while writing books. Please contact me if you have questions.
HILARY PAGE framed by Lewis Armstrong Portrait & Figure Workshop Lubbock Texas October 2003: During the final critique of self portraits, I photographed each participant next to her/his painting which I framed in the mat shown. With 25 in the workshop this was quite a performance. At the end, in a lighthearted moment, my friend Lewis matched my effort by framing me!

BIO: Originally from England, I came to the USA in 1966 after graduating from Drama school in London. My portfolio of costume and stage designs won me a job at a commercial art  studio in Indianapolis, where I also attended a couple of evening classes at the John Herron School of art. Later I taught elementary school in New York City! During a hiatus for marriage and children, I returned to my artwork.

Residing in Houston, Texas I became known  for my acrylic murals in homes and businesses and was featured on several television shows in this regard. At this time I began watercolor painting. For a time I served as Administrative Director for the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. I started teaching watercolor in the early 1980s. After the publication of my first book entitled Watercolor Right from the Start (1992) I began teaching painting workshops throughout the USA, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas and Europe.

I have lived Houston, Texas, with my husband since 1971; and with the kids now grown and grand kids growing, I divide my time between painting, writing, and gardening!