Amy Masters and Ted Sheridan share an elegant and softly lit studio in Arvkille, which they had built as an addition onto their Catskills home three years ago. This winter will be the third winter they’ve worked in it. Warmly inviting, the studio is decorated in muted tones, covered in art and filled with books and trinkets collected over the years. Winter is a time for thought and meditation, especially when there’s a foot or two of snow accumulated outside and your studio is the warmest part of the house, like Masters’ is.
Amy was working on print making until her studio took a break for the winter, so over the holiday season she’ll be getting back into painting again and says that “it feels really nice to get the paints out again. I’m doing these very monochromatic landscapes. Driving on Route 30 from Roxbury back to Arkville, there was all this mist and the grass was peeking out of the snow. It was just so beautiful that I whipped out my phone and took pictures. I’m trying to capture that in oils”.
Amy, who splits her time between upstate and the city, describes her work as abstract expressionism and cites Turner, Richard Diebenkorn and Morandi as influences. Where is she most inspired? She’ll be doing small works in oil in the city as she has less room, but is more inspired by the Catskills.