An exhibition of water paintings by Oenone Hammersley are on display at the Athenaeum in Alexandria Virginia from January 27 to March 6, 2022. Opening Reception Sunday January 30 from 4pm to 6pm.


Oenone’s work depicts abstract water paintings in mixed media on canvas and wooden panels. The panels are cut to resemble water cascading or waves breaking. Oenone’s desire to break out of the canvas box has resulted in imaginative and striking creations that evoke movement and power.

Oenone has perfected a unique method of hand painting with multiple paint pourings. The mixed media collage of glass beads and mirrors create texture, and augments the resin finish that produces an incredibly lustrous sheen.

Cascading Reflections

Oenone’s commitment to conservation has guided her art for over thirty years. Her early paintings of wildlife have been exhibited on four continents and her recent water paintings are the sum of her experience, artistic creativity, and concern for our planet.

Oenone Hammersley draws on her training and experience in theatre design to present a wonderful array of visual stimuli afforded her during her extensive travels and years living in Africa, Greece and Australia.

Museum and private acquisitions of Oenone’s work include the Shell Museum on Crete, the private collection of the Guggenheim families and HRH Princess Fatima Bint Mubarak of the UAE.

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