Amy Cohas is an artist who uses abstract form and minimalist color to evoke joy, memory, and a sense of place. She works in collage using her own hand-painted papers and employs digital tools to make subtle adjustments to the final stages of each piece. Amy sells gallery-quality prints of her art in her online shop.
Amy graduated with a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and got her start in Boston, working late into the night painting spot illustrations for children's educational workbooks and designing holiday gift wrap and gift bags. Her day job was on the production staff of a newspaper company — she got by on lots of coffee. Later came stints in advertising and printed textiles. It was through printed textile design, with its strict requirement for using a limited number of colors per theme, that Amy’s fascination with color theory and minimalism was born. A parallel interest in botanical art has been an ongoing opportunity for her to study color in the context of the natural world.
Amy, her husband, and their three daughters, have lived in New York City, London, and Hong Kong. They are glad to have settled in her hometown on Long Island, New York, not far from pebbly beaches and the vineyards and rural beauty of Long Island's North Fork.