Sarah Hillock majored in drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario. It was here that she received the Libby Steinbeck Alterger Award in Figurative Studies. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and is part of the permanent collection at the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.
Sarah is interested in challenging the apathy surrounding the everyday encounter, whether it is with humans or animals. Sarah is able is to explore these interactions between humans and animals by mixing a minimal yet impressionistic background to draw attention to the realistically painted animals. The minimalist background also asks the viewer to complete the picture and to feel the painting rather than just see it. Sarah seeks out her subject matter in fields, farms, and other remote areas. For Sarah the animals she depicts are from fond childhood memories where she grew up in rural Ontario.
The subject matter that Sarah captures are not out of the ordinary. She makes her work captivating by merging various types of artistic styles such as impressionism and realism. Sarah uses bold, bright, colours with strong brushstrokes to add structure and form to her works. The final product is a unique aesthetic that creates an enticing experience for the viewer.