Number of painters: 177
Last update: Sunday Jan 7, 2018
Sarah Siltala creates golden-toned visual poems that speak to her viewers through honest simplicity and formal beauty. Sarah paints in a classical layering technique in which transparent oil colors are thinly built upon each other like layers of stained glass. Influenced by Flemish and Venetian methods, this indirect layering technique produces a myriad of rich, gem-like tones and a depth unattainable compared to the more common technique of mixing wet pigments or alla prima style painting. To paint in this manner requires the utmost patience as each layer must dry completely before the next can be applied. The result is an artwork with vibrant, luminous color and subtle texture, plus a meditative quality that evokes a sense of serenity and peacefulness.
Sarah is an avid birder and has spent years studying birds in their natural habitat, she works mainly from her own photos and imagination. She feels a connection when observing these shy and vulnerable creatures in nature and hopes to capture that connection in her oil paintings. By juxtaposing a bird's innocent nature in an interior still life setting, she hopes to emphasize the fragility of nature in a man-made world. Sarah’s paintings have an Old World elegance, yet the colors and compositions are quite contemporary. Her award winning work been included in museum shows, featured in national art publications, and can be found in collections around the world.
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