Ruth Hamill

Ruth Hamill

Artwork

Ruth Hamill
I began working in encaustic in 2009 and developed my encaustic process during a 3-year intensive studio practice and study of the medium. Recent innovations in encaustic materials have allowed me to experiment to paint larger, thinner and on canvas while still maintaining the primary properties of translucency and opulance that make encaustic such a rich medium for my sea themes. The encaustic process involves heating pigment-embedded wax on a hot palette. As soon as my paint-laden brush leaves the palette, it begins to harden. Each paint mark made on canvas has to be reheated to fuse to the canvas and to previous marks and layers. In a medium-sized canvas, I have laid more than a hundred layers and have fused each with either a high-heat air gun or a small iron. This is a labor intensive, messy, hot, uncomfortable process that relies on an artist's ability to “go with the flow” and manipulate the materials to her end. I work on a flat easel, standing, and use gravity as well as brushes and palate knives to help move the paint. Traditionally, encaustic paintings are made with beeswax paints on small, hard surfaces. I use a combination of waxes and pigments, including a small amount of beeswax. Ruth Hamill the recent Copley Society of Art Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. (2017) and "one of the most intuitive artists working today," according to a Charleston, NC, Post and Courier review of her work (June 1, 2016). She works in oil and encaustic on canvas as well as ink on paper and experiments to use these traditional mediums in new ways to best suit her subject, which is often the transiency of a wave. Ruth Hamill the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center grant (2009) and top awards at the Crane Estate Art Show (Ipswich, Mass., 2009) and Rocky Neck Art Colony's Perfect Storm Exhibit (2015). Her work has been shown at The Art Museum of Cape Cod (Mass.), Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts (NY), and others and covered in The New York Times, Art New England, Artscope Magazine, Art Mag of the South, Charleston Post and Courier, and Boston Sunday Globe.
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Jump Into It, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Jump Into It, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

32 x 52 in

$5,200.00

Toes in the Sand, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Toes in the Sand, 2018

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

34 x 60 in

$6,900.00

Anew
Ruth Hamill

Anew

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

$1,450.00

Enduring Beauty, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Enduring Beauty, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 54 in

$5,200.00

Enjoy the Ride, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Enjoy the Ride, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas, Quadriptych

48 x 48 in

$8,600.00

Of All Stripes, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Of All Stripes, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

10 x 18 in

$985.00

Refreshed, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Refreshed, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

$1,450.00

Serendipity, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Serendipity, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

40 x 60 in

$7,400.00

Sun Time, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Sun Time, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

10 x 18 in

$1,000.00

That's Where I'll Be, 2018
Ruth Hamill

That's Where I'll Be, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

50 x 32 in

$5,200.00

Tranquility, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Tranquility, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 24 in

$2,950.00

Walk on the Beach, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Walk on the Beach, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

14 x 34 in

$3,200.00

Walk on the Beach II, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Walk on the Beach II, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

44 x 44 in

$5,200.00

Complexities, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Complexities, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

64 x 40 in

SOLD

Determination, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Determination, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 32 in

SOLD

Having Some Weather
Ruth Hamill

Having Some Weather

Encaustic

16 x 16 in

SOLD

Holiday
Ruth Hamill

Holiday

Encaustic on Canvas

15 x 34 in

SOLD

Sea and Stripes
Ruth Hamill

Sea and Stripes

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

36 x 66 in

SOLD

Sweet Sunshine
Ruth Hamill

Sweet Sunshine

Encaustic and oil on Canvas

18 x 18 in

SOLD

The Tempest, 2018
Ruth Hamill

The Tempest, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

16 x 22 in

SOLD

The Whole Truth, 2018
Ruth Hamill

The Whole Truth, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

32 x 60 in

SOLD

Truth, 07/05/2015
Ruth Hamill

Truth, 07/05/2015

Encaustic on Canvas

34 x 60 in

SOLD

Whispering, 2018
Ruth Hamill

Whispering, 2018

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

SOLD

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