British-born artist, Sarah Winkler seek out geologically interesting landscapes. It might be a specific rock formation, mountain range or natural wonder. The serenity, light, space and materials of the natural world influences her painting style as does a modern design ethos.
She conceptualize a collection by relating the action of painting to the geological process of erosion and formation. Seasons, weather and changing colors in her mountainous Colorado surroundings also affect creative directions. Sarah seem to get hooked on a palette or a specific color for a few months and work with it until it plays out then she organically shift to another area of the spectrum.
Each painting starts out as a collage “sketch” made with her own fabricated papers. They are completed in sections with each area treated to a sequence of “erosion” techniques by applying and removing paint with resists that mimic geological textures. The definitive horizon line in most pieces divides the pictorial space to show what’s above ground is created by (or reflects) what’s below ground. By working this way, she create a history of painted gestures and actions that form into highly-stylized, abstract landscapes reminiscent of actual places.
My work lies at the boundaries of abstraction and realism, modernism and minimalism.