Sierra graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture in 2000. She also has a rich artistic educational background from various avenues. Her artistic journey began with ceramic sculpture but then discovered her passion for painting in classical oils. Sierra’s extensive exploration has led her to the path of painting in large scale using nature based themes. She continues her journey in expressing something personal, allegorical, subjective, emotive and mysterious in a abstract way. On the canvas, she uses layers of texture, color, light and transparency, as well as her vulnerabilities and joy.
Sierra lives in Scottsdale Arizona - The Valley of the Sun. Many talented artists flock to this cool vibrant town. The Sonoran Dessert is unique in all the world with amazing light and landscape.
She also enjoys creating from an ancient stoned cottage near Castelnaud-la-Chapelle France. The Dordogne Valley attracts artists, writers, history buffs, nature seekers, pilgrims and foodie travelers from all over the world to its fairy tale-like setting.
"Hot Show, Cool Art" Desert Hills Gallery, Carefree, AZ, May 5 - Oct 2022.
"Dazzle" Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, FL July 2019.
"Sparkle" Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, FL July 2018.
"Group Show" Warehouse Art District, St Petersburg, 2018.
St Pete Water Art Fair, St Petersburg, FL, 2017.
Sacred Art, Pontifex University 2019-2022
Watts Atelier of the Arts, Encinitas CA: drawing and painting 2017-2022.
Ceramics & Painting, Portland Community College, 2001-3.
Master's of Architecture, University of Idaho, 2000.
Bach. of Architecture, University of Idaho, 1998.
Minor of Art, University of Idaho, 1998.
Minor of Art and General Education, San Diego Community College, 1992-1997
Mentorships/ Workshops/ Artist Residency:
Jenny Nelson Exploring Abstraction: Apr-June 2023.
Creative Visionary Program: Nicholas Wilton: Feb - May 2023.
Mentorship: The Business Art Membership: Cat Tesla and Julie Schumer
Mentorship: Sheila Davis : Brush it Bold: https://www.sheiladavis.ca/, 2022
Mentorship: Scott L Christensen: Adventure of Painting, 2021-2023 https://www.adventureofpainting.com/
Mentorship: Christine Lashley: Lashley Art Class https://www.lashleyartclass.com/
Mentorship: Quang Ho: Made For Artists https://mfa.studio/
Workshop: Jill Soukup: Class101, 2021.
Workshop: Kevin McPherson: PaintTube, 2021
Workshop: Cynthia Rosen: PaintTube, 2021
Workshop: Huihan Liu, at the Scottsdale Artists School, December 2021.
Morean Art Center, St Pete FL: weekly figurative drawing, 2017.
Workshop: Patty Calderone at Calderone Studios in North Carolina, October 2017.
Workshop: Daniel J. Keys at the Scottsdale Artists School, October 2017 and 2020.
Plein Air Intensive in Joucas de Provence, FR, 2011.
Plein Air Intensive, Paris, Aix, Nice, Bordeaux, FR, 2009.
Figure & Portrait Intensive, Florence, IT, 2007.
Oil Painter's of America: 2017 to present.
American Impressionist Society, 2018 to present.