Sarah Siltala paints utilizing a classical indirect method in which colors are thinly glazed and layered over time. Influenced by Flemish and Venetian methods, this process produces a myriad of rich 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 paintings develop 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.
Sarah was raised in Santa Fe, NM, in a family of professional artists. She remembers going to art fairs and galleries at a very young age. Both parents had art studios at home and creating was center of family life. Now Sarah has her own studio, and has spent nearly two decades practicing and researching the painting techniques of the past. She also creates her own oil paints from dry pigment and handmade linseed oil in the tradition of the old masters, which creates a beautiful paint quality due to the unique property of each pigment. Her award winning paintings have been included in museum shows and featured in national art publications including American Artist, American Art Collector, and Southwest Art Magazine. Her landscape paintings were included in AMC’s hit show Breaking Bad, and still life featured in The Book of the Bird, Birds in Art by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson. Sarah also teaches and offers workshops in classical still life painting.