Truro artist Amy Katherine Sanders, credits the serenity and beauty of the pine woods, ocean and bay, beaches and dunes of the Outer Cape as the inspiration for most of her art. Her artistic style creates velvety, seamless, richly detailed compelling paintings.

Amy is largely a self-taught artist. She did formative studies with outstanding art teacher Ron Parent for several years and has also painted under the direction of guest artists at Truro's Castle Hill Center for the Arts.

She considers pastel to be her primary medium, although originally she worked in watercolors and was a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society for many years. She still paints occasionally in watercolors, and even acrylics and oils, but she finds the richness of pastel color and its flexibility allow her to capture more expressively the beauty and depth of the scenes that she is drawn to paint.

Amy is an award winning artist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and newly on the faculty of Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. In addition, Amy is a respected art juror/judge in the New England art show circuit. Her paintings have been sold in a series of auctions to benefit Truro's Castle Hill Center for the Arts and the Truro Historical Society. 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.

She has done commissioned work for Seamen’s Bank of Cape Cod, Blue Gateways Inn, The Depot, and the Wellfleet Congregational Church of Wellfleet, MA, the Truro Historical Society and the Christian Union Church of Truro, and numerous private clients. She continues to welcome commissioned work, including landscapes and portraiture.
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, that is what it is all about.

People often remark that my paintings look just like photographs and while I think its meant as a compliment (and I take it as such), I don't see them that way at all. 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 — that make 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).

While I often use photographs, or a series of photographs, for reference, I never feel the richness of emotion or the spectacular beauty of a place when I look at a photograph, that I feel when I look at a painting.


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.


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