Ancient Gold 2




Encaustic on wood panel


24 x 24 x 2.5 in




This work was created using encaustic wax - an ancient process of melting pigmented wax and fusing it with heat to the substrate. Many layers were built up and scraped away, and if you look closely, you can see earlier layers peaking through. I was working through out the winter on this painting, using mostly dark hues, but when spring arrived, I found inspiration in the vibrant greens surrounding my studio.
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Sally Hootnick

Sally Hootnick

As a painter based in Syracuse and Chautauqua, New York, I am deeply inspired by the natural world around me. My work explores both abstract and realistic representations of nature, often blending the two in unexpected ways. Drawing and text are also important elements in my paintings, adding a layer of storytelling and personal expression to each piece. I am particularly drawn to aerial views, as they offer a unique perspective on the beauty and complexity of the natural world. In my work, I strive to convey a sense of calm and healing through the use of organic shapes and soothing color palettes. Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to create work that celebrates the beauty and diversity of the natural world, and to share that celebration with others. Through my art, I hope to inspire a sense of awe and wonder in the natural world, and to encourage…
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