Artist / PAINTER


Sarah Winkler is a British-born, US-based Painter and Collage Artist working in the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado. Winkler studied Studio Art and Earth Science at William Patterson University. She has exhibited her artwork nationally in exhibitions and art fairs with K Contemporary, Gallery MAR, Space Gallery, RH Contemporary Art, Helikon Gallery and Gallerie Citi. Her work has been placed internationally in private and corporate art collections including Chevron HQ, Marriott, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, One Empire Pass, Deer Valley Resort, Hilton West Palm Beach, Viceroy Aspen, Mountain Shadows Resort, The Phoenician and The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.  Her work has been featured in The Jealous Curator, CREATE! Magazine, LUXE Interiors + Design, Scientific American, New American Paintings, Dwell and Alpine Modern Magazine.

Artist Statement


When I look at a spectacular landscape, I see a moment caught in time. A layer of rock and fauna resting between climatic and geological events. Their surfaces scarred by glaciers, the ridge lines formed by tectonic uplifts and the desert basins molded into ribbons of compressed sand from the weight and currents of a now evaporated ocean. I see a complex history of the environment adjusting and adapting to change and stress since the Earth's inception.

In my artwork, I explore geology as the essence of creation and keeper of combined histories. My paintings emerge in geological time - in the sense that they are constructed in many sedimentary stages, with multiple media techniques applied in a sequence of experimental applications. The outcome is never certain. I integrate abstract painting, printmaking, photography and digital manipulation techniques to create my textural imagery which become the components in my fully realized miniature landscape collages. These micro habitats are scaled up into acrylic paintings. The artistic techniques used both in creating my collage papers and in applying the paint not only reflect the geological forces of landscape accretion and corrosion, but also reenact them. I often use crushed minerals embedded into the paint and apply resists of ground water, wind, friction and heat to erode the painted surfaces.  In each work, I employ a spatial technique in painting called "equivocal space" which alters depth perspective through color, composition and media to keep your eye engaged and journeying around the image. It is a way I've found that conveys how we move through actual landscapes.

When I paint the American West - I’m not thinking of 2018 and my reality of it per say - but imagining it as my ancestors saw it in the 1800s. The group who fled the North of England  to settle in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and beyond. My family roots here go way back to the beginnings of settlement. I’m just a recent transplant. They must have seen the West as an untouched, unspoiled Utopia. Compared to early industrialized England - it would have seemed like a harsh, uncivilized, unforgiving paradise of possibility. Through my landscape paintings, I can create visions of an idealized wilderness - a land loved by the First Nations, and all Westward bound dreamers since and one that will no doubt return to sublime serenity long after we’re gone. Geology fascinates me to no end - she holds our stories in her rocks, her curves, her lines, her strength of perseverance.

Recent Press


Sarah Winkler's Layered Landscapes

by Laura Beausire

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Dreamy Landscapes Paintings

by Cyril Foiret for TRENDLAND

Oneiric Paintings of Mountainous Landscapes

Written by HOEL for Fubiz

5 Must Sees

303Magazine, Denver (3/2016)

Geology +/_ Art

Alpine Modern Magazine. Interview by Sandra Henderson (Winter 2016)

How Artist's See

Mountain Express Magazine, Park City (Winter 2016)  ::


Fresh Paint Magazine

July 2015



BA 1994  Art / Earth Science / English - William Paterson University, NJ


2018 - Luminous Mountainous, K Contemporary, Denver, CO
2016 - Formations, The Constructed Landscape, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 - Solar Harvest, Helikon Studios, Denver, CO
2011 - Golden Contours, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA
2007 - Surfacing, Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Cbispo, CA


2018 - Earth, Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
2017 - Past / Present, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT
2017 - Altered Landscapes, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2017 - New Works, RH Contemporary Art at RH Modern, Denver, CO
2016 - Abstracted Landscapes: Four World Views, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2014 - Forces & Perceptions, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA
2013 - On Paper, Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA
2012 - Introductions, Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA


2018 - LA ART Show with K Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA


2018 - Open Space: The Finite Frontier, Curtis Center, Greenwood Village, CO
2016 - Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 - Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 - Red Dot Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2014 - Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2014 - Collector Gallery, San Francisco Intl. Airport, CA
2014 - Collector Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2014 - Collector Gallery, Oakland, CA
2013 - Fouladi Projects Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 - Gallery 21Ten, Sacramento, CA
2013 - Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA
2012 - Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA
2012 - Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA
2012 - Hunters Point, San Francisco, CA
2012 - Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
2012 - iam8bit , Los Angeles, CA
2012 - Space Gallery, Portland, ME
2012 - Mass Collective, Atlanta, GA
2012 - Brooklyn Art Library Brooklyn, NY
2012 - Gallery 44 , Toronto, Canada
2012 - Big House Gallery Atlanta, GA
2012 - Studio 12 Gallery, Denver, CO
2011 - Berkeley Art Center, CA
2008 - Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2007 - Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL
2007 - Arts Visalia, Visalia, CA
2007 - Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2007 - Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
2006 - Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2006 - Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Cbispo, CA
2006 - Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
2005 - Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA
2005 - ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA 2005 Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
2004 - Compact Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA


The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ
One Empire Pass, Park City, UT
Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, UT
Mountain Shadows Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
Ritz Carlton, Denver, CO
Viceroy Snowmass, Aspen, CO
Hilton, West Palm Beach, FL
Morrison & Foerster Law Office, Denver, CO
American Campus Communities at UC Boulder, CO
Hyatt Regency Wichita, KS and St. Louis, MO
Marriott, Atascadero, CA
Wig Wam Resort, Phoenix, AZ
Chevron, San Ramon, CA
Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, NV

PUBLIC Art projects

2015 - Public Art Project -San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA


2017 - current - K Contemporary, Denver, CO
2017 - current - NAVA Contemporary, NY + SF
2015 - current  - Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

2016 - 2017    - RH Contemporary Art, NYC
2016 - 2017    - Space Gallery, Denver, CO
2012 - 2014    - Andra Norris Gallery (formerly Gallerie Citi) Burlingame, CA

Bibliography (selected)

CREATE! Magazine, Artist Feature. (April 2018)
The Jealous Curator, Artist Feature. (March 2018)
LUXE Interiors + Design, Art Featured in Editorial. (March 2018)
Denver Post, The Curtis Center's "Open Space: Finite Frontier depicts the West with an honest Detachment" by Ray Rinaldi (1/2018)
Scientific American /"Out of the Shadow, Artists respond to the Total Solar Eclipse" (9/2017) by K. Monoyios
Mountain Living Magazine / Artist Spotlight by Laura Beausire (Jan/Feb 2017)
DWELL / "Geology +/_ Art" by Sandra Henderson  (6/2016)
FUBIZ  / "Oneiric Paintings of Mountainous Landscapes" by HOEL(5/2016)
TRENDLAND  /" Sarah Winkler Dreamy Landscapes Paintings" by Cyril Foiret (5/2016)
GOOOOD  / "Dreamy Landscapes by Sarah Winkler"(6/2016)
303Magazine / "5 Must Sees" (3/2016)
Mountain Express Magazine "How Artists See" Winter 2016)
Alpine Modern Magazine, "Geology +/_ Art" by Sandra Henderson (Winter Issue 2015/16)
Fresh Paint Magazine, Artist Feature  (July 2015)
Art World News, Editorial Spotlight. (4/2015)
American Art Collector, Photo Spread, October 2013
Gallery Guide, Photo editorial, February, 2013
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “What Immortal Hand or Eye” editorial, Ashley Schwellenbach, Jan 28, 2010
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “Mystery and Majesty” editorial, staff, December 10, 2009
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “In The Eye of the Painter,” photo editorial, staff, May 7, 2009
Tribune, The, San Luis Obispo, CA, “Straying From Typical Terrain,” editorial, staff, May 10, 2009
KCBX, National Public Radio CA, Ears on Art radio show interview, April 8th, 2009
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “The Wild, Wild West,” editorial by Christy Heron, April 3, 2008
Tribune, The, San Luis Obispo, CA, “Art Briefs,” photo editorial, staff, December 23, 2007
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “A Recollection of Fragmented Landscapes,” by Christy Heron, 12/13/07
New Times, San Luis Obispo, CA, “Collage with a Twist,” editorial by Christy Heron, December 6, 2007