On June 13, 2015 Andy won the Prix de West Purchase award at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. The painting titled The Lake of Glass, 30”x40,” was done in oil on canvas of a scene in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was chosen from among 311 works of art. "Last I summer hiked there and scaled a granite wall beneath a waterfall to reach the lake. Its beauty was overpowering and during the three hours while I painted a preliminary sketch, I witnessed myriad combinations of light and shadow upon lake, the surrounding tundra, the hanging glacier, and peaks beyond.” Back in the studio Andy carefully drew the composition truly and accurately scaled to convey its sheer enormity and beauty. The viewer has the feeling of standing on the shoreline in a lofty ice age wilderness. “It is an honor to be included with the great painters who have won this award in the past, and to be in the permanent collection of this museum. I am humbled and grateful."
In July and August the mountain backcountry opens and I’ll saddle up with Tucker Smith and others in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. Last year we packed into the headwaters of the Green River, made a base camp, and rode out daily to paint at Clark Lake, Vista Pass, and other scenes where Carl Rungius had painted a century before. In camp after dinner we relive the day seated around the campfire. At night we sleep through wolf howls and the snuffling of horses. When we emerge from the wilderness there are many new wet paintings in slotted boxes on pack mules.
Autumn usually finds me painting the brilliant change of season from Lake Michigan to Yellowstone.
Andrew Peters’ paintings are the result of a life spent in nature. Growing up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, he was usually hunting and fishing with his father in the Missouri River Valley. At nearby Fontenelle Forest he was mentored in ecology by naturalist James Malkowski. He drew birds from life and Audubon prints, and studied academic painting in the studio of Fran Day. He earned a bachelor of Sciences degree from Iowa State University with a minor in art, and won the Iowa Duck Stamp competition at the age of 22 which launched his fine art career.
The Joslyn Art Museum provided Andrew with his earliest art lessons and the complete collection of original watercolors by Karl Bodmer which kindled his passion for travel and painting onsite. He roamed Africa for a year painting game animals and indigenous peoples. He has painted throughout North and South America and in Romania, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, and Ireland. His plein air paintings faithfully capture light and beauty from life and are a key strength of his richly imbued larger works. “A painting should read like a window onto a place,” he says, “luminous and fresh. He believes that light- not line- determines form.
During each summer Andrew roams the intermountain west painting in the Nomad, his travel trailer modified into a studio. It puts him near his subjects for as long as needed to create works both elaborate and true. He builds crates, ships to galleries and museums and continues onward in search of new landscapes. “It is sustainable travel, mostly in wilderness and without constraints”. He has traveled 16,000 miles in a few months in this way and believes it to be the best way to create the highest quality paintings of the American landscape.
ANDREW PETERS ON ART
My paintings embody the deep love and respect I have for nature. They convey the inherent beauty of natural places defined by the fleeting effects of light. They are like windows onto these scenes; luminous and fresh.