In 2009, while floating in a boat down the sacred Ganges River through Varanasi at dawn I was hit by an epiphany: I need to make my art with dye on silk.  I had no knowledge of or experience with silk painting.  I spent the next year in India researching and practicing this new art form.  

This revelation was a gift.  Though I had been a professional artist for ten years, illustrating books and painting murals all over the United States, silk painting truly defined my work.  I went on to master the medium; doing unheard of things with silk and dye.  

I apprenticed under fashion designer Marta Kappl and sold countless one of a kind wearable art pieces all over the country and world in shows, boutiques and galleries.

My work on silk is functional fine art.  I have decided to specialize in drapes, curtains, tapestries and veils; using this medium in a way where it is treasuredbeyond fashion and opening the way for me to offer the height of my abilities to the lives of my collectors.


Learn more about me and see the rest of my work at

Erin Hilleary-Contemporary Silk Artist

Veil Window

Hand-Painted Silk Drapes, Tapestries and Veils