Life at the Top
34" x 31.5"
10" x 12"
30" x 17"
The works above appeared in the
2016 A Timeless Legacy
exhibit and sale.
Sarah Woods has always attributed her use of crisp, bold colors and dramatic lighting to her life at “high altitude”. She grew up in southern Wyoming, hunting and fishing alongside her father and brothers. She attended the University of Wyoming, graduationg with a BFA. For the last 25 years Woods has lived in Westcliffe, Colorado, in a scenic valley at the foot of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains. A place where cattle outnumber the people and the county is still without a stoplight! The area is rich in wildlife and beautiful vistas-the perfect home for a wildlife artist.
Sarah feels fortunate to be a part of such great shows as the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s “Western Visions”, “Cheyenne Frontier Days Show and Sale”, “Birds in Art”, “Masterworks in Miniature” and “Art & the Animal Kingdom”, as well as exhibiting with the Society of Animal Artists and American Women Artists. She was seven times included in the “Arts for the Parks”competition, twice as an award winner, garnering both the Juror’s Choice and Founder’s Favorite Awards. She has been commissioned by corporations, organizations and individuals nationwide. Her paintings hang in the permanent collections of museums, such as the Bennington Center for the Arts (17 paintings) and the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Sarah's artwork was chosen for the Colorado Duck Stamp, as well as Colorado Ducks Unlimited, National Pheasants Forever, National Wildlife, Federation, Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Colorado Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund.
Sarah recently celebrated her twenty seventh year with Trailside Galleries, an affiliation she is very proud of. Although she has been featured in over 20 one person shows, in 2008 Sarah enjoyed one of the most exciting and rewarding moments in her career, when she was honored with a retrospective exhibition of 76 paintings at the beautiful A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in Trinidad, Colorado.
In 2010, Sarah joined the Broadmoor Galleries of the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. She has also been asked to be a part of the Jackson Hole Art Auction featuring “present and past masters of the American West” and has been honored as a “More” artist at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. She was integral in developing Art for the Sangres, an art show that benefits a land trust her husband helped found in the beautiful Colorado valley they call home. This is her 20th year showing with Art for the Sangres, which is considered one of Colorado's premier shows.
Sarah's work has been featured in American Artist, Art of the West, and Wildlife Art, as well as the cover art for Whitetales, and Waterfowl USA. She also illustrated two naturalist children’s books Rocky Mountain Rabbit and Beneath the Mask. She is featured in coffeetable books like, Art of the American West, North American Endangered and Protected Species and Haub Family Collection of Western Art.
For Sarah, one of the most rewarding parts of her career is being able to live in the remote and wildlife rich mountains of Southern Colorado, with her husband and daughter. She says, “having lived most of my life in Wyoming and Colorado, I am passionate about the disappearing western landscape and I feel responsible to document its fragile beauty. I feel that in both my wildlife and 'ranch life' paintings, my appreciation and love of the west shines through.”