Two Wilton artists work in ancient medium

River Road Gallery will open the show, Layers of Color, which features original paintings by Wilton artists Nash Hyon and Suzanne Wilkins, on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be an opening reception to which the community is invited.

Both artists work in encaustic painting, where color pigments are held with a wax mixture instead of oil as in oil painting. Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to 300 A.D., which allows translucent and opaque layers of texture, color and imagery to come together.

Hyon, a nationally recognized artist in her field, divides her time between studio painting and teaching at Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan. She has exhibited in Washington, D.C., New York City and California. Her subject matter has direct ties to the science of the world around and within us.

Wilkins studied painting at Syracuse University and interior design at Fashion Institute of Technology. Her art, she says, is “an exploration of color, texture and the balance between positive and negative space. It reflects both the chaos of our over-stimulated, multitasking, maximalistic life and our necessity of finding cohesiveness, purpose and focal points.”

The show will run through Jan. 14. River Road Gallery is at 21 River Road in Wilton Center, and is open Monday through Friday, 10 to 6, and Saturday 10 to 5.