Sally Landis

Sally LandisAbout the Artist

From her tree house-like studio in the Oakland Hills, Sally Landis paints the California landscape, from the sun-bleached beaches of southern California to the mountain peaks of the High Sierra.

“From the time I was a child, my parents took me up to the Sierra.  As a toddler I rode on my father’s shoulders through the mountains of the Mammoth area, and later we went on family trips with the Sierra Club.  I started backpacking as a teenager, and my favorite area was the Eastern Sierra, where the mountains were high and raw.  Hiking in from Mammoth, Bishop and Lone Pine, the Sierra is a massive wall of granite.  Once you get above timberline the patterns of the uplifted and glacial-carved rock is no longer muted by the forest.”  

“My paintings reflect my strong interest in pattern and color, and in simplifying this landscape to its compositional elements.  My work has been influenced by the writings of John Muir and his ‘Range of Light’ as well as the paintings of Edgar Payne and Chiuri Obata.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sally studied art and graphic design at UCLA.  She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area soon thereafter.  For many years her graphic design studio, Landis Designs, produced marketing materials for the top corporations in the Bay Area.  When computers hit the design business she says, “I found it necessary to get back to my roots… squeezing color through a tube instead of a mouse.”

Her paintings have been exhibited in California and throughout the West as well as internationally, in venues as varied as the Oakland Airport, the Yosemite Museum, Galerie Mouvances on the Place des Vosges in Paris, and the annual Salon of the Comité Nationale Monegasque in Monaco.   She is also the founding president of Oakland Fund for the Arts, a non-profit organization which funds arts education programs for children in Oakland public schools.

Ms. Landis currently divides her time between her studio in Oakland California, and her mountain studio near the small town of Arnold in the Sierra.  Her summertime explorations in the Sierra high country, and the Stanislaus River basin provide endless opportunities to discover new subjects to paint.