Sarah Siltala

Sarah Siltala

Desert Dawn
oil
8 x 10 in
$2,400
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About The Artist

Sarah Siltala

Paintings

Stillness and moments of quiet are the ephemeral influences in my work.  Just as a bird alights only for a moment and then is gone, I try to capture that brief moment where the world stops for an instant and we are fully aware.  Whether a still life or landscape, I am interested in capturing the most feeling with the least amount of busy mark making to communicate my vision.  I prefer smooth surfaces and empty space to showcase the small details I want the viewer to focus on.  I spend several weeks on each painting, patiently layering thin veils of oil paint to reveal a depth of color and luminosity that makes each work unique.  This draws the viewer in to look more closely at its hidden complexity.  I try to find balance in quiet, contemporary composition and harmonious color and texture.

BIRDS

My work is a reflection of the vulnerability a living creature feels outside it's natural environment.  I feel a connection when I observe these shy creatures in their natural habitat, and I hope that connection is captured in my oil paintings.  By juxtaposing their innocent nature with a man-made and composed interior still-life setting, I hope to emphasize the fragility of nature in our world.  With the decline of birds in the world, and ongoing threat of becoming endangered or extinct due to human interference and presence, I hope to share the beauty and joy birds bring to daily life.  By showcasing nature in a clearly human oriented and manipulated environment I can also concentrate viewers attention to the broader context of our connection to all life on this planet.

Technique

Sarah Siltala paints utilizing a classical indirect layering technique in which transparent colors are thinly built upon each other like layers of stained glass.  Influenced by Flemish and Venetian methods, this process produces a myriad of rich gem-like tones and a depth unattainable compared to the more common technique of direct, 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.  As her paint layers build over time the play of light and shadow evolve, and the distinct personality of her subject matter begins to emerge.  The result is an artwork with vibrant, luminous color, subtle texture, and a meditative quality.  Sarah's paintings have an old-world elegance, yet the colors and compositions are quite contemporary. 

 

Selected Shows:

2022       August-Solo Show, Collins Gallery, Orleans, MA

2022       June-Invitational group show, Antler gallery, Portland, OR

2021      10th Annual Summer Exhibition, Collins Gallery, Cape Cod, MA

2021       faculty show, New Mexico Art League, Albuquerque, NM

 

2020       Birds for Sofia Exhibition, Sugarlift at High Line Nine, New York, NY

 

2020       Summer Exhibition, Collins Galleries, Cape Cod, MA

2019       Small Works Group Exhibition, Collins Galleries, Cape Cod, MA

2019       Birds of a Feather, Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona, AZ

2019       Two person show with David Gray, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

2018       May. Solo Show, Sage Creek gallery, Landscape and Still Life

 

 

2017       two person show, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 

2017       A Russian Night in Taos, Taos Art Museum

2017       Artsthrive, Albuquerque Museum of Art

2016      Miniatures and More, Albuqeruque Musuem of Art

2016      Solo show, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe,  NM

2016      faculty show, New Mexico Art League, Albquerque, NM

2015      A Russian Night in Taos, invitational, Toas Art Museum

2015      Miniatures and More, invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art

2015      Solo show, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe

 

2014      The Spirit of Two Deserts, invitational, Museum of Fine Art, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

 

2014      Miniatures and More, invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art

2014      Solo show, Sage Creek Gallery, Santa Fe

 

 

2013      group show, Wilde-Meyer gallery, Scottsdale, AZ

 

2012      Miniatures and More, invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art

 

2012      Shaken not Stirred, invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art

2012      A Russian Night in Taos, invitational, Taos Museum

2011     18 Days, celebrating New Mexico woman artists, Munoz Waxman Gallery, CCA,   Santa Fe, New Mexico, CCA     and NM Committee of the Nat’l Museum of Women in the Arts.

2011      Miniatures and More, Invitational, Albuquerque Museum of Art

2011      A Russian Night in Taos, invitational Taos Museum

 

2010      Miniatures and More, Albuquerque Museum of Art

 

2009      Miniatures and More, Albuquerque Museum of Art

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