Sally Hootnick is an artist living and working in Syracuse and Chautauqua, New York.  Earlier works were produced in watercolor and pastel; in recent years she is working in oils and encaustics.

My grandmother was an artist, and encouraged me at a young age to believe that I could follow in her footsteps. Although it wasn’t a straight path to that goal, I am thankful that I eventually landed where I belonged.
  We are products of our environment, and I had much freedom as a child to explore the natural world. My work is certainly influenced by the shapes, patterns, and colors found in nature. More recently, it occurred to me that other factors – the material world- had impact as well. Endless hours of watching cartoons and reading comic books as a child had imprinted a love of outline and bright colorful geometric shapes into my paintings.  And a sense of place, in the form of aerial perspective and topography can often be found in my still lifes and abstracts.”


"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."  Thomas Merton
"Art is a form of communication--a sharing of ideas; to bring the viewer along on this journey is my ultimate goal."


Upcoming Events


The Art Loft, Chautauqua, NY

Broad Street Gallery, Hamilton, NY

Recent Group Shows and Awards:

Schweinfurth  Art Center, Auburn, NY, Made in NY 2017March 24-May 21, 2017

 Braad Street Gallery, Hamilton, NY.  Small WorksApril 8-May 27, 2017

Richeson 75, Still Life and Floral Competition 2017, Merit Award

Seneca Lake Plein Air, 9/28-10/2, 2016

Plein Air Westfield, June 2016

Classic Pompey, Manlius, NY, May-December 2016

Turquoise St. Studios, Syracuse, NY February-March, 2016

Upstate Cancer Center, Syracuse, NY: Guest Artist Gallery, January- March 2016

The Gift of Color: Syracuse Pastel Artists at the Liverpool Library, December 2015

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2015

Cooperstown Art Association National Juried Art Exhibition,Cooperstown, NY July-August 2015

Lakeside Statewide Juried Art Exhibition, Oswego, NY,April 2015

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2014

Plein Air Westfield, Honorable Mention: July 2014

Northeast National Pastel Exhibition, VIew Arts Center, Judges Choice Honorable Mention:July- August 2014

Syracuse Pastel Artist Show and Sale, Sparky Town: May- June 2014

Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution Members Exhibition: August 2013

Cazenovia College Summer Art Series: Pastel Artists of CNY: June- August 2013