Tim Saternow (b. Oswego, NY 1960) is an American painter who walks old neighborhoods, and finds that the buildings speak to him, even as they disappear, are torn down, or ‘improved’ out of existence. Lost is the history of all the people that have been here. Saternow is called to witness and record these lives in paint. 

Concentrating on the play of light and reflections off buildings and streets, Saternow’s watercolors are themselves a quiet contemplation of what lies beneath the clamor of the city, gritty streets, industrial buildings and warehouses, and the old High Line train trestles of New York City.   

With the same approach, Saternow captures 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 background as an art director in film and theater intrinsically set the stage for the studio work he does today where, as in film, the quality of the light is crucial. 

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 Bryan Memorial 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 also a Board Member of The American Watercolor Society. Saternow is a 2019 Fellow in The Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program.



JULY 5-11

Meet the artist Friday July 5th from 7 to 9pm.