Artist / PAINTER



My paintings are the result of a distinctive artistic practice deeply influenced by dramatic landscapes, the geology of mountains and deserts and the perpetual allure of the American West.

I begin by making miniature landscapes in cut paper collage on panel using unique papers that I designed and printed. The papers are made using art techniques that create textures to simulate tectonic uplifting, folding, fluid dynamics and glacial rock patterns.

The paintings are created by scaling up the collage sketches. Applying layers of acrylic paint mixed with minerals such as marble powder, mica flake, crushed lava stone and iron oxide, then applying natural resists, such as salt, water and temperature to interact with the painted surface to distress it and mimic geological forms in the landscapes.

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 as if your discovering a place for the first time.




Although landscape painting has been around for thousands of years, Sarah Winkler's approach makes it seem decidedly modern. Her influences stretch from British Romanticism to American Luminism to 2oth Century Modernism. Her abstracted compositions are aesthetically influenced by Scandinavian design principles based on reductive forms, using nature's color palette, and bringing aspects of the outdoor surroundings - indoors. For Sarah, living at a 9k summit in the Colorado Rockies surrounded by snow capped peaks, conifer and aspen forests, this high altitude world is the source of inspiration for her "mountain modern" landscape works.

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Winkler was born in Manchester, England but has lived abroad for most of her life.  She emigrated to the US in 1989. Winkler studied Art, English and Earth Science at William Patterson University before launching her fine art career in 2004. After 17 years in California, she relocated to the Denver area to make the mountains home.

Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at Space Gallery, RH Contemporary Art, Gallery Mar, Helikon Gallery, The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Fouladi Projects Gallery and Gallerie Citi. Winkler is currently represented by Gallery Mar in Park City and Space Gallery in Denver.

Over the past decade, Winkler has been commissioned to create site specific work for private residences, luxury hotels, boutique resorts and corporate spaces such as One Empire Pass, Deer Valley Resort, Hilton West Palm Beach, Viceroy at Snowmass, Mountain Shadows resort and the penthouse suite at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.

Winkler's art has been honored with features in Scientific American Magazine, New American Paintings, Dwell, Mountain Living Magazine, and Alpine Modern Magazine.


Recent Press


Sarah Winkler's Layered Landscapes by Laura Beausire

(Jan/Feb 2017)

New American Paintings West Issue 126 (11/2016)

New American Paintings West Issue 126 (11/2016)

DWELLInterview by Sandra Henderson (8/2016)

DWELLInterview by Sandra Henderson (8/2016)

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)  ::



2016 - Formations, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO
2015 - Solar Harvest, Helikon Studios, Denver, CO
2012 - Selections, Urban Hardwoods, Union Square, San Francisco, CA
2011 - Golden Contours, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, CA
2007 - Surfacing, Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Cbispo, CA

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 Landscape: 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 - 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




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




Grand Image

1st dibs