Sara Linda Poly


Known for her sweeping skies and landscapes, artist Sara Linda Poly is inspired by  eastern scenes and the many other locations to which her love of plein air painting has taken her.         

The artist, who grew up near Philadelphia, and has spent many years living and traveling around the country, and currently lives and maintains a studio in Easton, MD.      

Winner of numerous awards and participant in many local and national shows and plein air competitions, she is presently a full time painter and instructor, teaching workshops here and abroad.


Curriculum Vitae


Philadelphia Arts Academy, 
Montgomery College of Art and Design, 
NOVA and Prince Georges Community Colleges, 
Study with various local and national artists.

Professional Experience

Demonstrations, lectures, travel workshops in the US and abroad include Virginia, Maryland, New Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Mexico, France, Italy and Greece.
1999 - Present:  Instructor- plein air and studio painting classes and workshops                  
1992 - 1999   Assistant Gallery Director, The Art League , Alexandria, Virginia                          
1980 - 1992   Freelance commercial art, graphic design, portrait and mural commissions    

Professional Memberships

Washington Society of Landscape Painters    
Oil Painters of America
Virginia Museum of Fine Art
Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters of America

Gallery Representation

American Painting Fine Art, Washington, DC 
Bella Vista Fine Art, Asheville, North Carolina 
Berkley Gallery, Warrenton, Virginia
Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
Long View Gallery, Sperryville, Virginia
South Street Art Gallery, Easton, Maryland      
Warm Springs Galleries, Warm Springs and Charlottesville, Virginia          

Selected Shows, Honors, Competitions

2010  16th Annual Sedona Plein Air Invitational and Festival

2010  Regional Oil Painters of America Show

2010  One Person Show, South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD

2009  Mayor's Exhibition of Plein Air Paintings with Students, Kalymnos, Greece

2009  National Oil Painters of America Show

2009 15th Annual Sedona Invitational Plein Air Festival Participant

2008 Feature Article-June/July issue of International Artist Magazine

2008 Feature Article, Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Nature Conservancy magazine

2008 14th Annual Sedona Invitational Plein Air Festival 2008 Mayor’s Exhibition of Plein Air Paintings, Barga, Italy
2008 3rd Place award, Riverbend Plein Air Competition

2008 Accepted by Jury, Carmel Plein Air, Carmel California
2007 1st Place Award, Washington Society of Landscape Painters Annual Competition
2007 Juror for the Potomac Watercolor Society Annual Competition 
2007 Solo Exhibition, Warm Springs Gallery in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy
2007 Two Artist Exhibition, Trowbridge-Lewis Gallery, Middleburg, VA
2007 Three year exhibition, US Embassy, Georgetown, Guyana, Africa      
2007 Two Artist Exhibition, South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD

2007 Juror for the Wayne Plein Air national competition, Wayne, PA.

2006 Easton Academy Art Museum-work purchased for permanent collection

2006 Easton Academy Art Museum Show, “Plein Air Painting, A Shared Experience” ( 3Women) 
2006 1st Place Award, River Bend Plein Air Competition

2006 Elan Magazine, cover and feature article

2006 Juried participant: Sonoma Plein Air, Sonoma, CA.

2006 Juried participant: Easton Plein Air, Easton, MD 

2005 1st Place Award, International Artist Magazine and feature article
2005 Award of Excellence,  Easton Plein Air Painting Competition

2005 Juried Participant:  Plein Air Competition, Easton, MD

2005 Two Artist Exhibit, South Street Art Gallery, Easton MD

2005/2006, Solo Exhibitions, Metropolitan Gallery, Arlington, VA

2004, 2005, 2006,  Solo Exhibitions, Warm Springs Gallery

2004 Metropolitan Gallery, Six Women: Plein Air Landscape

2003  Oil Painters of America, regional juried exhibition