Amy Sanders - Pastels
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About Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders


Low Tide, Rock Harbor Channel
9.75 x 12.75
framed 15 x 17.5

Amy Sanders

"What drew me to this scene was the plethora of rich colors and textures seen between the far bank the base of the boat launch. The water was shallow, showing the sand patterns below. It was a challenge to catch the reflections of the sky, while still showing what could be seen underneath. The sand bar itself was loaded with rich pinks and tans, set against darker patterns of sand, and spotted with shells. I used dozens of layers on every square inch to capture what I saw and felt on this beautiful, sunny, summer day."



Early Morning, Blackfish Creek
14 x 14
framed 19.5 x 19.5

Amy Sanders

"This scene caught my attention one early morning on the way to Orleans. The far marsh was ablaze in color, while the near marsh was still in shadow. The cloud formation was almost unbelievable, and because the tide was only about half way out, the clouds reflected in the water just beautifully. My challenge in painting this was to balance values between light and shade, and to create those incredible clouds, not only once, but also accurately in the reflection!"



The Perfect Wave
10 x 10
framed 15.5 x 15.5

Amy Sanders

"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."



Low Tide Shore Break
10 x 9.5
framed 15.5 x 15.25

Amy Sanders

"This scene represents all the parts of the small wave. The back wave is just starting to crest and in front of that is the curl and tumble of a active wave just breaking. In front of that is the whitewater of an already collapsed wave, and then the shallow backwash of a previous wave over the sand trying to beat its way back to sea against the incoming water. Nature provided a beautiful composition here."



Dune Spill
10.25 x 10.25
framed 15.75 x 15.75

Amy Sanders

“As the dunes of the lower Cape’s outer beaches erode back, it has become more and more frequent to find these spills of stones. These spills usually contain a mixture of clay (green, orange and blue-gray) and stones that look nothing like the standard stones found on the beach. They are rounded as if having been in the sea, but they have an almost metallic shimmer to them that makes them iridescent in the sunlight. They are fascinating to look at. It’s this shimmer, and intensification of color, that this painting aims to capture. This is nature’s composition, including the feather which drifted in on the wind to land amongst the spilled treasure.”



Highland Light Sunrise
13 x 16

Amy Sanders

“Highland Light is rich with memories and tradition for me. When I was young, I used to lay in bed and watch the flash of light pass across my ceiling. I cherished the fog horn in stormy weather. I once taught a child who had lived there, and now my father is President of the Highland Lighthouse Association. I’ve climbed this light and stood on its upper decks more times, and with more people than I can count.

One morning a few years ago I took my sister-in-law and my father there to see the sunrise and this glorious sight greeted us. It was positively spectacular and begged to be painted as no photograph would ever capture the glory of this scene.

Highland Light is now operated by Highland Museum and Lighthouse, Inc. (of which the Highland Lighthouse Association is a part). However, a substantial part of the financial burden for maintaining this light is borne by the National Seashore, and the Seashore was instrumental in having the Lighthouse moved in 1996. We have the National Park system to thank for preserving this historic landmark for the generations to enjoy.”



Break of Day at Fort Hill
13 x 23.75
framed 20.5 x 30

Amy Sanders

“I awoke one morning to see some tremendous billowing clouds scuttling along in the pre-dawn twilight through my window. I remained peripherally aware of them while I prepared for work that day. Later, while on my way to work, they began to light up with the rising sun still below the horizon. At that point I had little choice but to be at least a few minutes late for work! I veered off Rt. 6 to the Fort Hill overlook just as the first rays of sun pierced through to set the hills there ablaze. Obviously, with work calling, I took a barrage of photographs to use as reference but the scene burned a permanent impression of breathtaking beauty in my mind.

This is why I moved here. The presence of the National Seashore has allowed us to savor these precious stunning moments in a way that few are able to experience. It has protected wild areas from the encroachment of 'civilization' which creates the hustle and bustle that so often causes us to lose sight of Nature's beauty and splendor. Living in the presence of the National Seashore allows me at least a part of each day, a reminder of the grandeur of Nature and our responsibility to do what we can to protect this beautiful land.”



Richard and Arnold
12 x 12
framed 18.5 x 18

Amy Sanders

"My inspiration here was in the endless textures: heavily weathered wood waiting to be painted, reflections in the water, metal gear, rust and ropes. These boats show all the strains of a life at sea, a unique, rugged beauty."



9.75 x 7.25
framed 15.5 x 13.5

Amy Sanders

“The symmetry between the cloud and the shadow of the beach grass on the sliding sand caught my attention. The shadows were dramatic, the angles were dramatic, and I ached to throw every color I could think of into the sliding sand, and watch them play off each other as light does as it passes through the crystals of the sand.”



Late Summer,
Nauset Marsh

9.5 x 12
framed 15.875 x 19.375

Amy Sanders

“This piece was inspired by a windy late summer day on the Nauset Marsh walk, with much of the marsh grass flattened by a recent high tide. The tips of the grass are just beginning to take on that rich golden color of very early fall. The tide is low now, so the flattened grass is left to dry in the wind while we get a peak of the water receding water in the small channels running through this scene.”



Rolling in Again
12.5 x 14.5
framed 19 x 21

Amy Sanders

"The wildness of the outer beach with a raging storm well off shore. The Atlantic takes on this face when a hurricane passes several hundred miles out to sea as it heads north and dissipates. You can see the clouds in the distance that mark the edge of a rough weather system. In conditions like this, a perfectly formed wave can still appear in amongst the rough water and here it did, with a beautifully ridged wall of water rising almost smooth like glass, only to crash back into the roughness again. You can't ride waves like this, because you can't predict where they will form, or where their edges will be. All you can do is stand back and admire."




Show Off
10 x 9.5
framed 18 x 17.5

Amy Sanders

“This prickly pear cactus grows all over my yard, and has since I was a little girl here. It’s a nuisance much of the time (lots of little hair thorns that are hard to see and even harder to remove, but hurt like crazy). However, when this cactus blooms, the yard erupts into a yellow frenzy which is just spectacular. With this piece I decided to try a bit looser of a style and play with a wide variety of colors, in keeping with the flashiness of the cactus.”



Wave Dancers
9 x 9
framed 17.5 x 17.5

Amy Sanders

“This is Nature's composition along the edge of the shore. What attracted me to it was the unique pattern on the main rock, which reminded me of the petroglyphs done by Native Americans on stones in the Southwest. (for all we know they did them here, too, but the weather here would have erased any evidence). I see a joyful figure playing along the curl of the wave. I feel a spirit in that stone.”



30 Knots Straight Out
of the Northwest

18.5 x 22
framed 26.5 x 30

  Amy Sanders  

“I have been walking this Cape Cod bay beach (a local one, for me) all of my life, and this is a typical late summer/early fall scenario where the weather pattern sets up with clear crisp air and a stiff breeze out of the northeast. When the wind gets to a certain level, the water’s surface begins to whip up into this white froth that runs in straight lines with the wind. The waves also chop up like you see here. At the time I decided to tackle this, I was looking for a challenge in terms of technique, and I was really inspired by not only the sheer beauty of this type of scene, but the challenge of rendering the intricacy needed to convey the water pattern accurately. When I look at this piece now, as when I was working on it, I can feel that wind, and the spray of water against my face. I can hear the roar of the water whipping into that frenzy as if I were standing there.”



Stormy Seas
16 x 21.5
framed 24 x 29.5

  Amy Sanders  

“We’re all inspired by this kind of scene — the turbulence, the richness in color and the sheer energy of the ocean around a storm, which in this case was largely offshore.”



18 x 24
framed 26 x 30

  Amy Sanders - Strength  

“This tree sat isolated out in the Provincelands, with nothing around for shelter or companionship. I admire its rugged existence. I did the piece for the beauty, and to challenge myself with the shadow of the leaves (there are over 30 colors in that shadow if you look carefully!). A little glimpse of the water in the distance seemed to complete the scene.”


Amy SandersTruro 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

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