Peter Batchelder

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Alongside

Alongside
36" x 36"
 Meadow's End

Meadow's End
40" x 30"


 Farm Wall

Farm Wall
36" x 36"
Flatlanders

Flatlanders
48" x 36"
Crossroads

Lupines
60" x 48"
Crossroads

Upper Valley
48" x 36"
Crossroads

Crossroads
40" x 30"
May

May
48" x 36"-sold
The Light Between

The Light Between
48" x 36"-sold
Highland Farm

Highland Farm
48" x 36"-sold
Cart Road

Cart Road
36" x 36"
Green Field

Green Field
30" x 24"
North Fork Barns

North Fork Barns
30" x 23"-sold
Woods End

Woods End
48" x 36"-sold
Northside LIght

Northside Light
52" x 48"

Apple Tree

Apple Tree
24" x 16"
Old Posts

Old Posts
36" x 36"
-sold
Upland Hedge

Upland Hedge
36" x 36"
-sold
The Fall

The Fall
12" x 24"-sold
Distant Hills

Distant Hills
30" x 24"
-sold
Upland Grass

Upland Grass
12" x 12"
-sold
Late Autumn

Late Autumn
30" x 36"-sold
Lavender Light

Lavender Light
30" x 24"
Oasis

Oasis
40" x 48"-sold
Off Route 10

Off Route 10
12" x 12"-sold
Sunlit Field

Sunlit Field
30" x 40"
-sold

Upland Dawn

Upland Dawn
40" x 48"-sold
Berkshire

Berkshire
48" x 56"-sold




 

Born in Beverly, MA on Boston’s North Shore, Peter has spent time living through New England in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Peter trained in studio art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, under artists Jack Coughlin, Lionel Gongora, John Grillo, and Hanlon Davies as well as Robert Cardinal at the Truro Center for the Arts.

After establishing himself as a successful graphic designer, Peter returned to pursuing his fine art career in 1992 on Martha’s Vineyard where he resided year-round for three years. Upon returning to the mainland, he has continued his painting along with serving as Creative Director for a web design company.

Artist's Statement:

Throughout my life I have had the benefit of living in different rural environments within New England. From the coastal landscapes of Massachusetts to the woods, mountains and farmlands of New Hampshire and Vermont I have experienced the differences in nature, geography and light in these varied environments. Childhood interests in architecture and archeology have led me to consider the context of time-worn structures within the New England landscapes. I am fascinated on many levels when coming across a barn or seaside cottage. From an artist’s perspective I am interested in the nature of the architecture, how it sits within its landscape, color and light

From a personal perspective, I find myself often curious about the story of the building: who built it and why; the many people who have lived or worked in the building; how the landscape may have changed around the structure over the course of years. I find that the curiosity I have about the building intertwines with the creative process in my interpretation of the architecture and landscape in one image. In some of my work, I feel that the outcome is that the architecture serves as the sentry for the landscape and in the other cases the exact opposite. Because I remove extraneous details from both the landscape and the architecture I paint, it is my hope that a viewer will be challenged by the images to let their own curiosity create a story- is the beach cottage long abandoned or just waiting for its inhabitants to return?

I have long been influenced by the works of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Edward Hopper, Winslow Homer and Robert Cardinal and their use of light and color to define the subject and mood. I typically begin a piece with multiple sketches in either graphite or charcoal to work out the composition. Then I transition to small watercolor or oil studies to allow for experimentation with different color fields and use of light before committing to canvas. I use many layers of paint in my work to pull the undercolor to the surface and create depth and movement to highlight form and the way light defines a subject.

Please contact us to discuss commissioning Peter to create a special piece for your home.




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