I have to surrender to the unruly medium of encaustic. Like sailor to sea, I make peace with it. Only then can I can get the wax-embedded pigment to rise to the challenge of water: to produce the transient or translucent effects I seek. There is a materiality to my paintings. My process and studio practice are messy. Gravity is engaged. Pigment is poured, blown and manhandled. Patterns evoking the sea, sand and sky emerge and I coax them, exploiting the materials to my end. Color and form become sea foam carried by the wind or the purposeful movement within a wave. I rely heavily on daily observation at the beach, on the boat, along the harbor and then I work in the studio intuitively, expressively. I began working in encaustic during my second residency, which was in Breckenridge, Colorado, in June 2009. At that point I had been working in traditional and experimental oils for several years, painting full time and showing consistently. Based on time spent in Colorado and at the Vermont Studio Center, I decided that in order to raise the level of my creative product and tackle (and master) this tough medium, I needed to put the marketing/commercial side aside and concentrate fully in the studio to develop my own encaustic process. I think this time, which was three full years spent in practice and dedicated artistic solitude with a singular goal, was important to raise the level of the art I make. Most recently, I have begun work on American flag themed pieces that combine encaustic and the poured oil process I developed Residencies 2009 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont 2009/10 Tin Shop Residency, Breckenridge, Colo. (6/2009 and re-accepted 12/2010) Awards/Grants 2009 VSC Grant to attend Vermont Studio Center 2009 Crane Estate Art Show, People’s Choice Award Gallery Representation 2014- Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston, SC 2014- Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, Ill. 2014- Gallery 4, Tiverton, RI 2013- Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery, Stowe, Vermont Professional Affiliations/Artist Memberships 2014- Copley Society of Art, Boston, artist member 2014- Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester, MA 2009- National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY 2008- Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA Solo/Small Group Exhibitions 2015 Copley Society New Member Show (January 2015, slated) 2015 Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston, SC (March-April featured artist, slated) 2014 Gallery 4, Trio: Ruth Hamill, Susan Strauss, Harry Nadler, Tiverton, RI 2014 Cortile Gallery, Provincetown, Mass. (national invitational) 2014 Hall-Haskell House Gallery, Ruth Hamill: Sea Change, Ipswich, Mass (solo) 2014 Lincoln Park Pop Up, Ruth Hamill, Sea to Shining Sea, Chicago (solo) 2014 The Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont (guest artist) 2009 Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, Ruth Hamill: Trees of NE, Portsmouth, NH (solo) 2007 West End Theatre Gallery, Ruth Hamill: Horizons, Gloucester, Mass (solo) Select Juried Group Exhibitions 2009 Firehouse Plaza Art Gallery, Abstraction Now, Garden City, NJ, juried by chief curator of Nassau County Museum of Art University Place Gallery, RED Exhibit, juried by Rose Art Museum director Hooper Gallery, New England Regional Exhibit, Marblehead, Mass. N.A.W.A. 120th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NY Peabody Historic Society and Museum, Historic Interpretation, Mass. Artworks Main Gallery, Exposed: From Concept to Completion, New Bedford 2008 University Place Gallery, North East Prize Show, Cambridge, Mass., juried by Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, chief curator Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ, juried by curator of the Jersey City Museum Hun Gallery, New York, and Gallery Ho, Seoul, Korea, The Circular Exhibit Attleboro Arts Museum, 85th Anniversary Exhibit, Mass Nave Gallery, The Secret Knowledge of Water, Somerville, Mass. Sixth Street Gallery, Naked, Vancouver, Wash (MORE…) Other/Annual Group Exhibitions 2014 Faneuil Hall, National Association of Women Artists Exhibition, Unique Visions 2008-2014 Crane Estate Art Show, Ipswich, MA (award 2009) 2008-2013 Art in the Barn, Essex, MA Publications/Press 2014 International Contemporary Artists, 9th volume 2014 Cape Ann Lifestyle Magazine, Making Waves: Ruth Hamill’s paintings strive to capture the emotion of the natural world, October, Slack, Eric (Massachusetts) 2014 The Bay Magazine, Complimentary Artists: Gallery 4 in Tiverton brings creatives together, August, Merolla, James (Rhode Island) 2010 Summit Daily News, Artist Brings Abstract Painting to Breckenridge, December 10, 2010, Nicoletti, Kimberly (Colorado) 2009 Summit Daily News, Oil Paint Artist Pours into Breck, June 19, 2009, Nicoletti, Kimberly 2009 Manchester Cricket, Manchester Artist Ruth Hamill Wins Top Award at Crane Estate Show, November (Massachusetts) 2009 Art Buzz, The 2009 Collection 2007 Boston Sunday Globe, Globe North, Arts Column, November 11, 2007, Killeen, Wendy Collections Private Collections on Boston’s North Shore, Boston, Cambridge, Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Omaha, Baltimore, Pennsylvania, Texas, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont Education 2009 Life Painting Course; Advanced Painting Intensive, Museum of Fine Arts 1985 BA journalism, graphic design and English, Iowa State University