Peter Batchelder

Peter Batchelder


The online portfolio and gallery of Contemporary New England artist Peter Batchelder. Peter's work is found in galleries throughout New England, the Northeast, and nationally. Working in oils, Peter's works are high color architectural landcapes, simplied ...

Artist 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 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.

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 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.

I typically begin a piece with multiple sketches in either graphite or charcoal to work out the composition. Then I often transition to small pastel studies to experiment with palette. I use many layers of paint in my work to allow me to pull the undercolor to the surface and create depth and movement to highlight form and the way light defines a subject.