Sarah Winkler’s work is born in the artist’s experience in a landscape, soaking in the emotion of a place, and then removing herself from the physical landscape to reconstruct the place through a poetic rendering. Creating small sketches that become the source material for collage studies, Winkler then creates her large scale acrylic paintings, utilizing a variety of techniques to achieve a range of surface textures that mimic those of the different materials used in her collages. Places like Mount Rainier National Park and Medicine Bow National Forest are not depicted with exactness. Winkler is instead interested in creating distance between the actual place and the interpretation of it, allowing her work to exist in the abstract state between the physical world and our experience of it.
Winkler received a BA in Art, Earth Science, and English Literature from William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ. She exhibits her work across the US including at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA, Bakersfield Museum of Art, Bakersfield, CA, and the Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, Delray Beach, FL. Her work was selected by the Art in Embassies Program of the US State Department to be featured in the US Embassy and Ambassador’s Residence in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Winkler has been the subject of extensive press, and her artwork is part of collections such as Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA, The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, CO, and Albemarle Corporation, Charlotte, NC.
Features and reviews of her work have appeared in publications such as Scientific American, Dwell, Alpine Modern, Mountain Living, Luxe Interiors and Design, CREATE! and New American Paintings. MOMENT, a short documentary on Sarah by MAKING ART films, was released in 2019.
Watch the documentary, MOMENT, with Sarah Winkler by MAKING ART films, 2019