NOTEWORTHY: Hamilton's painting, River in Spring, was juried into the Best of America 2016 Exhibit, sponsored by the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society. It and approximately 100 works of other artists in the national exhibition were showcased at the Addison Art Gallery on Cape Cod, MA, in September of 2016. In May of 2015, the Trumpeter Swan Gallery in Easton, Maryland, chose Hamilton as one of its featured artists. In the spring of 2014, Hamilton was juried into The Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona. Hamilton has won multiple awards in the professional competition at the Maryland State Fair several years in a row. He has also received the Rehoboth Art League's Col. W.S. Corkran Award for a painting judged most representative of the Eastern Shore of Delaware and Maryland.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rae Hamilton is an accomplished, award winning painter whose works are held in private collections across the country. Hamilton studied art at American University, but considers excellence in art a lifelong pursuit. He has studied the Impressionists and their use of color extensively, copied the old masters in an attempt to unlock their secrets, and has been influenced by a number of contemporary painters, including graduates and faculty of the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland.
Hamilton began his art career emultating the work of artists such as Corot, Monet, and Degas, but his work has evolved more toward the traditional and representational. "The more I paint," he says, "the more motivated I become to depict exactly what I see. The natural world is perfect enough. Portraying the beauty all around us on a two-dimensional surface is a fairly simple goal, but one whose execution requires studious observation, acquired skill, and devotion." In each of Hamilton's paintings, one can easily see how important light is to the mood and narrative. By noting and capturing how light defines a given object, his goal is to paint not only the objects in the composition, but the atmosphere as well.
Hamilton's subjects, most notably his landscapes, are known for their sense of stillness and calm. "The subjects I choose," he says, "generally provide, for me, a sense of peace. I guess painting has always been a form of escape for me, a welcome break from the hustle and bustle, the commotion that infuses our daily lives. There is order in nature. When we are aware of our place in it, it gives us a sense of belonging, a sense of security we can't find any other place in the corporeal world." Not surprisingly, the serenity that Hamilton finds in his work seems to be the emotion most often evoked in others who view it.
Hamilton has served on the board of directors of the historic Rock Creek Park Gallery in Washington, D.C., and won a number of awards in juried shows there. He also served as vice president of the board of the Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of art within the community and providing college scholarships to promising high school student artists. Hamilton also gained a reputation for profiling some of the top artists in the mid-Atlantic region, for Mason Dixon Arrive, a magazine distributed in Baltimore, Baltimore County, and Harford County, Maryland.