Sarah Winkler was born in 1973 in the industrial city of Manchester, England. Her father’s aviation career led to a life of travel and relocation abroad. Winkler first became fascinated with nature and landscape in childhood while living in Malawi, Africa and Brunei, Borneo. An eye opening experience that instilled a life-long passion and appreciation of protected wilderness spaces.
She immigrated with her family to the US in 1989. Winkler studied Art and Earth Science at William Paterson University, NJ and combines both subjects in her landscape and environmental artworks. After graduation, Sarah began work in print advertising production working at weekly newspapers in Virginia and Los Angeles. It wasn’t until 2004 and a move to San Luis Obispo, CA that she could set up a studio space and begin to define her unique style.
Two large commissions in the 12-20’ range for the Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas in 2009 allowed Winkler to make the transition to full-time working artist. From 2011 - 2014, Winkler occupied Elmer Bischoff’s old studio space in Berkeley, CA and introduced her work to the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2015, Winkler relocated with her husband to a 9k peak in Colorado near Denver and built a 1000 sq ft custom art studio on their property. The move to the mountains changed her approach to her art both in style, materials and scale. Her work has rapidly gained in acclaim and reputation and is now represented by many galleries in the US.
Since 2009, Winkler’s commissioned artworks have been placed in many prominent private, public and corporate collections including Chevron, San Francisco General Hospital, The Phoenician, Mountain Shadows Resort, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas, Viceroy, Ritz Carlton, Montage, Empire Pass, and Deer Valley Resort.
In 2019, Winkler was honored to be selected by US Ambassador, John Pommersheim and the curators of the highly regarded Art in Embassies program to participate in a 3 year cultural visual diplomacy exhibition at the US Ambassador’s residence in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, sister city to Boulder, Colorado. In June of 2019, Winkler was invited to participate in Response, a contemporary one night, pop up art exhibition at the Colorado Governor’s Mansion in Denver where the artist created specific paintings exclusively for the special occasion that responded to the Mansion.
Features and reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, Dwell, Alpine Modern, Western Art and Architecture, Mountain Living, Luxe Interiors and Design, CREATE! and New American Paintings.
Education: BA 1994 Art / Earth Science / English- William Paterson University, NJ
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Sarah Winkler is an artist best known for her large scale desert and mountain landscape interpretations of the American West. Geological research of specific areas assists in the visual and thematic choices that create each body of work. In the studio, Winkler works experimentally with paint, pigment, additives, resists, brushes and unconventional tools to create textures and imagery that mimic the forces and patterns of nature that sculpt and change landscapes over time. The cut and layered aesthetic in her work reinforces concepts that the Earth is not a static place. That ancient landscapes can be altered through gentle erosion or by sudden cataclysmic events. Abstracted fields of color and luminous textures are arranged in a way that resembles and defines the essential fabric of a landscape. She incorporates ground water, crushed rock, precious metals and minerals in her paintings to create moments of connection, exploration and discovery.