Nature's design, patterns, cycles and seasons influence my work. I live at a 9k peak in the Colorado Rocky Mountains surrounded by exposed alpine tundra and conifer forests yet close to the deserts of Utah and New Mexico. The isolated wilderness, silence and serenity are aspects of the undeveloped Western landscape that I bring into each painting. My imagery is based on places that actually exist, but the forms are curated to focus on the geology and drama of the landscape.
Fascinated by the natural forces that sculpt landscapes, I seek to imitate the geological action of formation and erosion in an artistic technique. The paintings are built up in layers of acrylic paint and inks applied in sections. I use natural resists found in landscapes such as salt, water, wind and temperature to interact with the painted surface and partially erode it to build texture over time. The matte acrylic paint materials I use are often mixed with minerals such as marble powder, mica flake, crushed lava stone and iron oxide, cementing the narrative connection of the works to their subject.
The imagery is often described as “dreamy” as they evoke sensations of fantasy or partial reality. I intended the places I paint to be at once familiar, but to carry an air of play and curiosity about the natural world as if your discovering a place for the first time.
SARAH WINKLER / Painter