My work is not just a replication of the landscape, but a response to the beauty I see there.

Picture of Sara holding an original painting of Mt Eden

Sara Langdon

Sara (b.1976) is an Auckland based contemporary landscape artist who draws inspiration from the beauty of familiar and distinct volcanic landmarks around the city.

“My work is not just a replication of the landscape but a response to the beauty I see there.”

Sara studied and practiced photography, then went on to teach Art and Art History before moving to London with her husband where she spent four years soaking in the richness of England and Europe’s galleries and museums. On returning to Auckland in 2009, it was not long before Sara turned her working practice to focus solely on painting.

“…the detours I took along the way have all played a role in returning me to my love of landscape.”

Sara’s work is a fresh approach to landscape realism. Light dances across the terraces and craters, with her photographer trained eye carefully selecting compositions and viewpoints. She is most interested in capturing and highlighting the detail and beauty of each mountain. “I am drawn to the constantly changing appearance of the slopes and trees as the light alters with the time of day and the season.” 

Sara works primarily in acrylic on board, canvas and paper. She has completed a number of large landscape commissions and her work hangs in private collections in New Zealand and overseas. Sara has been represented by Parnell Gallery since 2013.


“I’ve admired Sara’s work for a long time and always wanted to have a print of my local Maungawhau. The process around purchasing a print, having it signed, and then professionally framed was easy and straightforward. It was a real delight to be able to communicate directly with the artist, Sara, herself. She was friendly and hand-delivered the print, which went above and beyond my expectations. My limited edition print is of very high quality and I often think how uncanny the likeness is between my print and the maunga itself – especially on a bluebird day! I’d definitely be interested in purchasing another print and perhaps even an original in the future.”


“After many years of observing Sara’s incredibly detailed and light-filled compositions, it was by surprise that one of her small works captured my attention one day online. The process of purchasing was seamless (despite living in Australia!) and I now enjoy the soothing coastal colours of this peaceful work which I enjoy in my home office daily. I am plotting where I might hang my next Sara Langdon acquisition!”


“We purchased two prints directly from Sara for our surveying office. Sara was fantastic to deal with throughout the process, assisting us to make a decision on which prints would work best together and helping us with sizing, right through to assisting with delivery. We are so happy with the pictures, they look fantastic and suit our office perfectly.”


“I was looking for a print to gift myself for my birthday and one of Sara’s paintings caught my eye. I discovered I was able to purchase a print directly from her through her website and made contact via email. Sara responded promptly with details about the print and as soon as I was able to arrange payment, it was sent through to Melbourne where it arrived safe and sound (very well packaged). The print is beautiful and I’m now just waiting for lockdown to finish so I can frame it!”


“Selling my house after 40 years was always going to be a wrench. The painting I commissioned Sara of the view from my front deck is superb and will bring back all those happy memories every time I look at it. Having her deliver it in person and consult on the hanging was the icing on the cake. Thanks Sara, you are a very talented woman.“>Raewyn

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