Sarah Siltala


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. Her work has been included in museum shows around the globe, and featured in art publications in the US and abroad, including The Book of the Bird, Birds in Art by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson.

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