Artist StatementRae 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 emulating 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 an 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.
Rae Hamilton works almost exclusively in oil paints, but in a variety of genres, including landscapes, still life, florals, and animals. He received his formal art training at American University, and says he owes a debt of gratitude to the Impressionist and pre-Impressionist masters whose work he was drawn to very early in his studies, as well as to his contemporary artists who have generously shared their knowledge over the years."In the end, however," says Hamilton, "it is the constant struggle to produce works of art that results in the most growth. Learning to represent three dimensional life on a two dimensional surface and to capture how light transforms any subject is a challenge that can best be met through hard investigation and perseverance."
Hamilton’s work is held in private collections across the country. He is currently represented by the Trumpeter Swan Antiques and Gallery in Easton, Maryland; the Towson Framing Gallery in Towson, Maryland; the 234 Studio Gallery in York, Pennsylvania; Gallery 50 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and Cooks Limited Antiques in Hereford, Maryland. He also shows work periodically at the Schuler School of Fine Arts and the Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore. Previously, he was represented by the Christine Daniels Gallery in Easton, Maryland, D&K Gallery in Monkton, Maryland, the Prince Royal Gallery and the Gallery Julian in Alexandria, Virginia; the Venable Neslage Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the historic Rock Creek Park Gallery, also in Washington, D.C.
The Rehoboth Art League presented Hamilton the Col. W.S. Corkran Award for his painting of Assawoman Bay in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The Maryland State Fair has awarded him two ribbons in the professional painter's competition four years in a row. Hamilton, who served on the board of directors of the Rock Creek Park Gallery in Washington, D.C., won a number of awards in juried shows there. He has been juried into some of the most prestigious art shows on the East Coast, including the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland, the Greater Reston (VA) Arts Festival, and the Mount Gretna (PA) Outdoor Art Show.
Hamilton served as vice president of the Northern Baltimore County Art Foundation, dedicated to the promotion of art within the community. He also authored a series of artist profiles for Arrive magazine, a mid-Atlantic publication with a circulation of 95,000 readers.