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Encaustic and silver leaf on cradled wood panel


24” x 24” x 2”




I am an artist dividing my time between Syracuse and Chautauqua, NY. Although I work in several mediums, I am drawn to encaustics for sensory reasons- the translucent and tactile nature of the wax is so compelling. My process involves heating pigmented beeswax and applying it to a surface before cooling. Numerous layers are built up, fused with a blow torch, and then carved and scraped back meticulously with razor blades; often I will embed handmade papers and metal leaf into a piece. Encaustic painting dates back to the ancient Greeks, and indeed some of those early works have survived for thousands of years.

About this Artist

Sally Hootnick

Sally Hootnick

I am a professional artist, working mainly in oils, mixed media and encaustics. My paintings are held in public and private collections in the US, Canada, and Sweden. I have studied art at Syracuse University, Cazenovia College, and The School of Art, Chautauqua Institution. This essence of my work is the study of the abstract forms found in nature and the variations in scale and intimacy that can be created through art. I’ve grown up in upstate New York and have a deep connection to my natural surroundings, indeed I believe our place of origin remains an influence residing permanently in our psyche. My work is not so much about making a statement, but about creating a portal to wellness and healing through the investigation of beauty and subconscious memories.
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