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Sally Hootnick - painter


Artist Statement

Life is made up of layers, memories and experiences that inform each new action that we take. This is true of my painting style as well. While constructing my art, I am interested in contrasts and differences-- thick strokes next to thin ones, transparent colors layered on opaque ones, tiny shapes adjacent to larger ones. It's important for the viewer to see the hand of the artist, and I hope my viewer will experience what I found interesting in the subject matter.

My paintings employ bold color and brushstrokes, informed by nature, the geometry of objects and the effects of light on color. Both the macro view of landscape and the micro view of a still life inspire me-- and at times I work from imagination and memory. My process is driven by intuition, a sense of place and the desire to find and intensify the deepest essence of my subjects.

Artistic Process

My paintings shift between impressionism and abstraction, and at times a combination of both, using mainly oil, acrylic and encaustic paints. Color and texture drive me, and materials fascinate me. I begin most paintings on wood, building the raw substrate with acrylic mediums and paint. At times, I continue with acrylics but will often switch to oils and possibly wax later in the process. Layers are integral to my work. and surfaces are built up loosely with paint, wax, collage and mark making, knowing that the next day a new stratum will be laid on top of the original. There is a risk in this process, as often a section is covered that seemed to be working well. But each fresh layer begets a new revelation, and a history of sorts is built. At various points in the process, I will scrape and gouge, exposing some of the earlier sections that compelled me. These deeper areas may not be immediately apparent to the viewer, but know that they are there, and trust that the work is richer for the underlying story.

You can see more of Sally's work at her site www.sallyhootnick.com.

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