Tim Saternow (b. Oswego, NY 1960) is an American painter known for his large-scale urban watercolors that reveal the fleeting beauty of the gritty streets, industrial buildings and warehouses, and the old High Line train trestles of New York City.

Saternow’s background as an art director in film and theater intrinsically set the stage for the studio work he does today. His small-scale art direction sketches for movies ultimately made their way to Saternow’s easel on a much grander scale. Concentrating on the play of light off of buildings and streets, and the reflection of light on surrounding surfaces, Saternow’s watercolors are themselves a quiet contemplation of what lies beneath the clamor of the city.

With the same approach, Saternow captures the sentimentality of Outer Cape Cod’s architecture, the hauntingly peaceful nature of the place once the summer crowds have retreated and a quiet stillness has been restored. Saternow’s paintings are almost always without human figures, as he feels that once a figure appears in the composition, the painting becomes about the figure, and no longer about the place.

Tim Saternow’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work has appeared in numerous publications, and he has been awarded the Bronze Medal of Honor and the Walter S. Greathouse Medal from the American Watercolor Society, the Allied Artists of America Gold and Silver Medals, and First Place in the Watermedia Competition from Watercolor Artist Magazine among many others.

Saternow received his MFA from Yale University, and his BFA from SUNY Purchase, NY.
He is a recipient of Lahey Memorial Scholarship from the Art Students League, NewYork, NY, studying with Paul Ching-Bor. He is also a Board Member of The American Watercolor Society.