Artist of the Week 74 | Peter Batchelder

Peter Batchelder

"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 archaeology 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."

Peter Batchelder | Rose Sky | Oil | 30 x 20"

"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."

Peter Batchelder | Northern Dusk | Oil | 30 x 20"

"In some of my work, I feel that the outcome is that the architecture serves as the sentry for the landscape and in other cases the opposite. Because I remove extraneous details from both the landscape and architecture I paint, it is my hope that a viewer will be challenged by the image to let their own curiosity create a story. I have long been influenced by the works of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer for their approach to depicting the landscapes around them. And for color, I have loved the abandonment of “real” color found in the work of Wolf Kahn and Richard Diebenkorn…particularly their use of light and color to define subject and mood."

Peter Batchelder

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