Truro artist Amy Katherine Sanders paints an Outer Cape that few see, bringing her keen eye and love to the task. She composes her paintings like musicians write sonatas, one careful note at a time.  Amy captures the serenity and beauty of the pines, the power and delight of the ocean and bay, the peaceful and fragile landscape of the dunes, the joy of the beachgoers, and the weather of the Outer Cape.

Amy is an award-winning artist, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a respected art juror/judge in the New England art show circuit. She has exhibited in galleries in Connecticut and on the Cape, and has been represented by the Addison Art Gallery of Orleans, Massachusetts since 1998.

Amy has completed successful commissions for Seamen’s Bank, Blue Gateways Inn, The Depot, Wellfleet Congregational Church, Truro Historical Society, Christian Union Church of Truro and numerous private clients.

Artist’s Statement

While painting I become drawn right into the scene. It’s an extraordinary sensation where I can literally feel the sand between my toes, smell the salt air, or hear the roar of the ocean. To bring that sensation to others is my primary goal.

The reason I paint and am not a professional photographer is the unique difference that painting brings to the scene. Photographs have a flatness to them and a sharpness to the edges — things in the distance are just as sharp, and just as rich in color and detail as things closer to the camera, — making them clearly photographs. Many of my paintings are highly realistic for sure, but the edges are softer, their colors are richer (most vividly noticeable in the shadows or darker areas), and there is more depth to them than one can find in a photograph (things in the distance have much smoother edges, less detail, and a bluer color, more typical of how the eye sees than a camera).

I often use photographs, or a series of photographs, for reference. Yet, I feel a richness of emotion from the spectacular beauty of a place when I look at a painting.  A photograph, however beautiful, just does not give me that feeling.


Honorable Mention, 10th Annual Pastel 100 Competition
for “Passing Offshore” (13.75 x 12) in Landscapes
and “The Collection” (9 x 12) in Still Life
April, 2009 issue of The Pastel Journal


International Artist: Citing her exceptional eye for composition and mastery of the pastel technique,International Artist magazine pursued Amy Sanders to write three articles for their respected publication, which is distributed worldwide. The articles cover the controversial topic of whether or not photographs are a legitimate tool in an artists arsenal, the use of multiple layers of contrasting color to build richness into a pastel work and the use of a wide range of values to create depth.

"The Pastel Journal: Amy’s work appears in The Pastel Journal’s February, 2011, issue as representative of the region of New England. She was a featured artist in that publication again in the December 2012 issue with the article 'Making Waves' "

American Art Collector: Amy was featured in an article titled, “Women Who Paint Show Opens in Cape Cod,” in the July, 2006 issue of American Art Collector magazine.


August feature shows 1998-Present, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA
"Standing Tall: Lighthouses in Cape and Islands Art," July 25 - September 8 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
"Faculty Show” Summer, 2013, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA"
“Pastels By Invitation: An Intimate Group of Nationally Recognized Pastelists,” August 2009 and August 2010, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA
Second Annual Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Exhibit August, 1997, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA
University of Massachusetts Medical Center Gallery, Jan.-March, 1997, Worcester, MA
Quinebaug Valley Arts Center Nov.-Dec., 1996, Southbridge, MA
First Annual Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod Exhibit August, 1996, Creative Arts Center, Chatham, MA

"I was intrigued by the absolutely flawless inside curl of this wave, not a single streak of foam from a previous wave. For whatever reason, on this day the waves were perfectly formed but with long periods of time in between. As a result, each wave had a beautifully clear inside face and the rough water in front wasn’t very rough, a rare but beautiful phenomenon that begged to be painted." — Amy Sanders


Sanders describes what inspired each of her luminous works.


Read a collection of articles about Sanders