Hilary Baker grew up among Hollywood's film and music industry professionals. Her paintings document Los Angeles' past through depictions of its iconic architecture and native wildlife.

Baker received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MFA from the Otis Art Institute. She has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, including The Skulptur Projekt München, Germany and the Institut Franco-Americain, France, and has been awarded residencies at the Pont-Aven School of Art, the Ucross Foundation, Art Omi, Yaddo, and the MacDowell colony. Her paintings have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, L.A.Weekly, Art and Cake, Artillery and New American Paintings. Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the Crocker Museum, Broad Art Foundation, Temple University, and the University of Southern California.

As a curator, she co-organized the exhibitions Sexy: Sensual Abstraction in California, 1950s -1990s and Blind Courier: 9 Artists and Their Notions of Place. She lives and works in Ojai, California, in the shadow of the Topatopa mountains.