Ruth Hamill

Artwork

Could We

Ruth Hamill

Could We

Relief Printing and Ink on Paper

28 x 30 in

$2,950.00

The Rain is Gone

Ruth Hamill

The Rain is Gone

Ink and Watercolor on Paper

25 x 32 in

$2,950.00

The Storm Was Yesterday

Ruth Hamill

The Storm Was Yesterday

Relief Printing, Ink, Calligraphy and Gouache on Paper

22 x 60 in

$6,900.00

The Way it Goes

Ruth Hamill

The Way it Goes

Relief Printing, Ink, Gouache and Watercolor on Paper

28 x 30 in

$2,950.00

Walk on the Beach

Ruth Hamill

Walk on the Beach

Encaustic on Canvas

44 x 44 in

$5,200.00

Would We

Ruth Hamill

Would We

Relief Printing and Ink on Paper

28 x 30 in

$2,950.00

Alive

Ruth Hamill

Alive

Relief Printing, Ink, Embossing, Gouach and Watercolor on Paper

16 x 35 in

$1,950.00

All of Us

Ruth Hamill

All of Us

Relief Printing, Ink, Embossing, Gouache and Watercolor on Paper

31 x 28 in

$3,150.00

Carried Away

Ruth Hamill

Carried Away

Gouache and Watercolor on Paper

28 x 31 in

$3,150.00

Generous

Ruth Hamill

Generous

Encuastic on Canvas

24 x 24 in

$2,550.00

Lucky Day

Ruth Hamill

Lucky Day

Encaustic on Canvas

20 x 38 in

$3,800.00

Peace

Ruth Hamill

Peace

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 52 in

$5,200.00

Resilient

Ruth Hamill

Resilient

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

$1,650.00

Sun and Sea

Ruth Hamill

Sun and Sea

Ink, Relief Printing, Gouache and Watercolor on Paper

20 x 60 in

$6,300.00

Sunny Skies

Ruth Hamill

Sunny Skies

Encaustic on Canvas

22 x 52 in

$5,400.00

Swim

Ruth Hamill

Swim

Encaustic on Canvas

60 x 34 in

$6,900.00

The Wave (Ode to Hokusai)

Ruth Hamill

The Wave (Ode to Hokusai)

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

40 x 60 in

$7,400.00

Float

Ruth Hamill

Float

Encaustic on Canvas

42 x 24 in

$4,400.00

What Goes Round

Ruth Hamill

What Goes Round

Encaustic on Canvas, Quadriptych

46 x 46 in

$7,900.00

Remember When

Ruth Hamill

Remember When

Encaustic on Canvas

14 x 34 in

$3,200.00

Of All Stripes

Ruth Hamill

Of All Stripes

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

10 x 18 in

$985.00

Sun Time

Ruth Hamill

Sun Time

Encaustic on Canvas

10 x 18 in

$985.00

Hope

Ruth Hamill

Hope

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

66 x 36 in

$7,400.00

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Alive

Ruth Hamill

Alive

Relief Printing, Ink, Embossing, Gouach and Watercolor on Paper

16 x 35 in

Breathe Deep

Ruth Hamill

Breathe Deep

Encaustic on Canvas

8 x 42 in

Fearless

Ruth Hamill

Fearless

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 24 in

Weathered (But Not Beaten)

Ruth Hamill

Weathered (But Not Beaten)

Encaustic on Canvas

36 x 54 in

The Tempest

Ruth Hamill

The Tempest

Encaustic on Canvas

16 x 22 in

Glory of the Sea

Ruth Hamill

Glory of the Sea

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

20 x 38 in

Enduring Beauty

Ruth Hamill

Enduring Beauty

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 54 in

Whispering

Ruth Hamill

Whispering

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

Determination

Ruth Hamill

Determination

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 32 in

Complexities

Ruth Hamill

Complexities

Encaustic on Canvas

64 x 40 in

The Whole Truth

Ruth Hamill

The Whole Truth

Encaustic on Canvas

32 x 60 in

Sweet Sunshine

Ruth Hamill

Sweet Sunshine

Encaustic and oil on Canvas

18 x 18 in

Sea and Stripes

Ruth Hamill

Sea and Stripes

Encaustic and Oil on Linen

36 x 66 in

Having Some Weather

Ruth Hamill

Having Some Weather

Encaustic

16 x 16 in

Truth

Ruth Hamill

Truth

Encaustic on Canvas

34 x 60 in

Holiday

Ruth Hamill

Holiday

Encaustic on Canvas

15 x 34 in

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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 received the Copley Society of Art Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. (2017) and is "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 is 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 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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