Artist Profile

Sarah Winkler is a British born, American contemporary landscape painter who studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University, NJ. She is best known for her monumentally, color rich, luminous paintings that interpret the geological storied past and eventful present of the formation of the American wilderness.

Her commissioned artworks are in many prominent private, public and corporate collections. These include The Phoenician and Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley, AZ. The Hilton West Palm Beach, FL. The InterContinental St Paul, MN. The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas. The Viceroy Aspen. Ritz Carlton, Denver, CO. One Empire Pass, Montage, Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT. Chevron HQ and San Francisco General Hospital, CA. Features and reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, Dwell, Alpine Modern, Mountain Living, Luxe Interiors and Design, CREATE! Magazine and New American Paintings. Winkler and her studio, perched at a 9k peak in the Colorado Rocky mountains, were featured along with the surrounding mountainous landscape in the 2019 documentary short, MOMENT by Making Art Films.

Teton Range / Snake River, 40x96”. Acrylic on Panel. 2019.

Teton Range / Snake River, 40x96”. Acrylic on Panel. 2019.

Artist Statement

When I look at a landscape, I see a moment caught in time. A layer of rock and mineral resting between climatic and geological events. Their surfaces scarred by glaciers, the ridge lines formed by tectonic uplifts and erosion. All evidence of a landscape that has experienced dramatic shifts in character over time. I focus on mountain and desert land formations. Their geological narrative. How waterways, weather and climate changes interact with their ridge lines and rock surfaces. Through painting, I can mimic the geological story of the subjects that I interpret. I’ve developed a set of abstract painterly textures to use based on geological patterns found in landscapes. I arrange these in layers within scenes of heightened luminosity and saturated color palettes that suggest familiar places. I also incorporate crushed mineral and rock like marble dust, mica flake and pink granite into my paintings to create moments of discovery in the work. I’m deconstructing nature’s elements and reconstructing them anew to show how nothing is fixed forever in stone. Landscapes are not static and are constantly evolving and adapting to the environmental conditions. My latest series explores the beauty, necessity, control and aftermath of large scale wildfires upon the landscape.

Artist Resume

Artist/ Painter

b. 1973 Manchester, England

Studio: Morrison, Colorado



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



2019-2022 - Art in Embassies. US Ambassador’s Residence, US Embassy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.



2019 - Response, A Contemporary Pop Up at the Colorado Governor’s Residence. Curated by K Contemporary. Invited by Governor Jared Polis, Denver, Colorado



2019 - JACKSON HOLE FINE ART FAIR with K Contemporary, Jackson, WY

2018 - ART ASPEN with K Contemporary, Aspen, CO

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



2019 - Monumental Duality, K Contemporary at Sugar Cube, Denver, CO

2018 - Exploration, A Survey of Recent Works, K Contemporary at Denver Place, Denver, CO

2018 - Luminous Mountainous, K Contemporary, Denver, CO

2017 - Landscape, RH Contemporary Art at RH Modern, 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 Obispo, CA



2019 - Sedimentary, Foster / White Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019 - Grounded, MiXX Atelier, Telluride, CO

2019 - The Local Element, MiXX Atelier, Telluride, CO

2019 - Stratification: Interpretations of Contemporary Mountainscapes, MiXX Atelier, Telluride, CO

2018 -  Earth, Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO

2018 -  Open Space: The Finite Frontier, Curtis Center, Greenwood Village, CO

2017 -  Past / Present, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

2017 -  Altered Landscapes, Space Gallery, 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



2019 – Art of the State, Arvada Center, Colorado

2018 - Perfect 10, Gallery MAR, Park City, UT

2017 - Introductions, K Contemporary, Denver, CO

2016 - Best of 2016, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2015 - Denizens, Helikon Gallery, Denver, CO

2014 - Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA

2014 - Collector Gallery, San Francisco Intl. Airport, CA

2014 - Collector Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2013 - Fouladi Projects Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013 - Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA

2012 - Gallerie CITI, Burlingame, CA

2012 - Brooklyn Art Library Brooklyn, NY

2011 - Berkeley Art Center, CA

2008 - Cuesta College Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA

2007 - Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2007 - Arts Visalia, Visalia, 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

2004 - Compact Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA


Albemarle Corporation, Kings Mountain, NC

Albemarle Corporation, Charlotte, NC

Catalyst HTI, Denver, CO

Chevron HQ, San Ramon, CA

IMPINJ Headquarters, Seattle, WA

Morrison & Foerster Law Office, Denver, CO

Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, NV

Deer Valley Resort, Park City, UT

Hilton West Palm Beach, FL

Hyatt Regency, Wichita, KS

Hyatt Regency St Louis At The Arch. St Louis, MO

InterContinental, St Paul Airport, MN

Marriott Hotel, Atascadero, CA

Montage Deer Valley, Park City, UT

Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley, AZ

One Empire Pass, Park City, UT

The Phoenician, Paradise Valley, AZ

Ritz Carlton, Denver, CO

The SLO Hotel, San Luis Obispo, CA

Viceroy Snowmass, Aspen, CO


Vail Health Hospital, Vail, CO
Platte River Power Authority, Fort Collins, CO
San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA


MOMENT. Artist Feature. Documentary Short. Making Art Films (released Aug 2019)


2019 – Luxe Magazine and Interiors. Artist Feature (Sept/Oct 2019)

2019 - CREATE! Magazine, Artist Feature. (August 2019)

2019 – 303 Magazine. Denver Artists Are Taking Over the Governor’s Mansion for One Night Only (June 2019)

2019 – Radical Art Review. Artist feature in Issue #4 of Radical Art Review, Farewell Earth. (Jan 2019)

2019 – 303 Magazine 10 Artists Not to Miss at New Exhibition Featuring Over 100 Creative Coloradans (Jan 2019)

2019 – Bind Collective. Smoke Signals; a series of environmental works concerned with wildfires. (Jan 2019)

2018 - WESTWORD, Review: Color Brightens New Shows at K Contemporary by M. Paglia

2018 - CREATE! Magazine, Artist Feature. (April 2018)

2018 - The Jealous Curator, Artist Feature. (March 2018)

2018 - Denver Post, Review: The Curtis Center’s “Open Space: Finite Frontier depicts the West with an honest Detachment” by Ray Rinaldi (1/2018)

2017 - Scientific American “Out of the Shadow, Artists respond to the Total Solar Eclipse” (9/2017) by K. Monoyios

2017 - Mountain Living Magazine, Artist Feature by Laura Beausire (Jan/Feb 2017)

2016  - New American Paintings #126 West (2016)

2016 - DWELL “Geology +/_ Art” by Sandra Henderson (6/2016)

2016 - FUBIZ “Oneiric Paintings of Mountainous Landscapes” by HOEL(5/2016)

2016 - TRENDLAND “ Sarah Winkler Dreamy Landscapes Paintings” by Cyril Foiret (5/2016)

2016 - GOOOOD “Dreamy Landscapes by Sarah Winkler”(6/2016)

2016 - Mountain Express Magazine, Interview “How Artists See” Winter 2016)

2015 - Alpine Modern Magazine, Interview “Geology +/_ Art” by Sandra Henderson (Winter Issue 2015/16)

2015 - Fresh Paint Magazine, Artist Feature (July 2015)