Known for her expressive style and vibrant yet tranquil color palette, Sheryl Knight’s captivating oil paintings have earned accolades from prestigious fine art organizations, juried exhibitions, and major publications across the country. Having a passion for the landscape and being outdoors has made Sheryl an artist who loves painting in the plein air tradition. Her individual style and paint application is a constant theme throughout her body of work, creating a consistency that is uniquely her own. Drawn to the beauty of the California landscape, she finds joy in the subjects all around her. “I love painting on location as I feel it brings out the true colors and atmosphere of nature. There is also a tranquility and a thrill that comes from painting from life, and I am always inspired by the wonder of creation.

“I don’t think I will ever stop loving the process of putting oil paint on canvas and seeing something beautiful come out of it.  I am so thankful to be able to pursue this passion I call art.”

Sheryl’s award-winning oil paintings have shown in group and solo gallery exhibitions, as well as many national juried shows and juried plein air exhibits. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide. Sheryl recently had an Artist Profile feature article in the March 2017 issue of Plein Air Magazine.


2017 - Best of Show, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society
2017 - Merit Award, California Plein Air Painters
2016 - First Place, Best of Show, LAPAPA, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 - Honorable Mention, California Plein Air Painters Signature Member Competition
2015 - Best Landscape Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters
2014 - Second Place, Breckenridge Fine Arts
2014 - Finalist, BoldBrush Painting Competition
2011 - Best Landscape Award, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, 2011
2011 - Best of Show, Miniature Small Works, Santa Maria, CA
2010 - Third Place, Natural History Museum Show in Santa Barbara


  • Signature Member of American Women Artists, California Art Club, Oil Painters of America, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, and Women Artists of the West

  • Founding member of PACC (Plein-air Artists of the Central Coast)

  • Member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Outdoor Painters Society, California Plein Air Painters, and Monterey Bay Plein Air Painters Association


  • Studied with artists including Quang Ho, Kevin McPherson, Ted Goerschner, Mark Boedges, Brian Blood, Kevin Courter, Marilyn Simandle, John Budicin, and Richard McKinley

  • Studied drawing, oil painting, and sculpture at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

  • Studied drawing, design, and water color at Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA