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Meet Sarah Siltala

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Siltala.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born into a family of professional artists and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My father is a ceramic artist who creates pottery with intricate designs and illustrative drawings of birds, fish and animals. My mother was a weaver but now works in found object assemblage and my sister creates watercolor and encaustic mixed media paintings. I was raised in a very creative environment, both my parents had art studios at home. Art was the center of family life and I remember traveling to shows, galleries and fairs when I was quite young.

I am an oil painter, I paint still life, birds and landscape. I was instantly drawn to the media once I discovered I had inherited a passion for art. I now have my own creative family, a home studio and have spent nearly two decades practicing and researching the oil painting techniques of the past. I also create my own oil paints from dry pigment and handmade linseed oil in the tradition of the old masters. This creates a beautiful paint quality due the unique property of each pigment. I show my work in galleries and museum shows and teach classical still life at the local art league and also offer workshops.

Please tell us about your art.
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.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I believe that an art career takes time to flourish, maturity and creating over time helps develop the inner creative vision we want to communicate, it cannot be rushed so patience is paramount. I think it’s important to take risks, but not be overly attached to the outcome, good or bad, being alone and creating is absolutely the most important part of being an artist. Always follow your heart and inner voice, often it’s the best path, don’t follow what others are doing. One of my favorite sayings is that ‘luck is when opportunity and preparation meet’, so always be prepared by doing the work, and when opportunities arise you are ready.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I show my work at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I update my website regularly with shows, workshop and classes. I am currently preparing for a solo show at Sage Creek in October, 2018.

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