Hilary Jean Tapper is perpetually in pursuance of and enchanted by the magic of the arts. She creates picture books, works as a creative arts therapist, lecturer and researcher, and facilitates creative arts workshops. Hilary’s work seeks to inspire the courage to create, and to remember our connection within, with those around us, and the greater world we are a part of.

Hilary's grandfather, Garth Tapper, was a New Zealand painter and inspired her from her earliest years to pursue drawing and painting. She has obsessively drawn characters and mischievous, mysterious folk for as long as she can remember. Hilary works with watercolour, ink and pencil, using Windsor Newton watercolour paints, 300gsm cold press watercolour paper, Lami Safari fountain pens, and De Atramentis permanent ink.

Hilary’s picture books include A Stick and A Stone (2021, written by Sarina Dickson), Freddy the Not-Teddy (2021, written by Kristen Schroeder), and What To Say (2022, written by Davina Bell)...with more on the way....

To find out more about Hilary's work in creative arts therapy, education & research, visit www.bhavacreativearts.com

A glimpse into Hilary's illustration process