Ruth Hamill

Ruth Hamill

Artwork

Jump Into It
Ruth Hamill

Jump Into It

Encaustic on Canvas

32 x 52 in

$5,200.00

Toes in the Sand
Ruth Hamill

Toes in the Sand

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

Of All Stripes
Ruth Hamill

Of All Stripes

Encaustic on Canvas

10 x 18 in

$985.00

Refreshed
Ruth Hamill

Refreshed

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

$1,450.00

Serendipity
Ruth Hamill

Serendipity

Encaustic on Canvas

40 x 60 in

$7,400.00

Sun Time
Ruth Hamill

Sun Time

Encaustic on Canvas

10 x 18 in

$1,000.00

That's Where I'll Be
Ruth Hamill

That's Where I'll Be

Encaustic on Canvas

50 x 32 in

$5,200.00

Tranquility
Ruth Hamill

Tranquility

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 24 in

$2,950.00

Walk on the Beach
Ruth Hamill

Walk on the Beach

Encaustic on Canvas

14 x 34 in

$3,200.00

Walk on the Beach II
Ruth Hamill

Walk on the Beach II

Encaustic on Canvas

44 x 44 in

$5,200.00

Complexities
Ruth Hamill

Complexities

Encaustic on Canvas

64 x 40 in

SOLD

Determination
Ruth Hamill

Determination

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 32 in

SOLD

Enduring Beauty
Ruth Hamill

Enduring Beauty

Encaustic on Canvas

24 x 54 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
Ruth Hamill

The Tempest

Encaustic on Canvas

16 x 22 in

SOLD

The Whole Truth
Ruth Hamill

The Whole Truth

Encaustic on Canvas

32 x 60 in

SOLD

Truth
Ruth Hamill

Truth

Encaustic on Canvas

34 x 60 in

SOLD

Whispering
Ruth Hamill

Whispering

Encaustic on Canvas

18 x 18 in

SOLD

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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 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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