Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, landscape painter Andrew Peters grew up exploring the wonders of the timber, woodland and wildlife of the area. He was fascinated by what he found, and that fascination has carried over into his travels and his paintings. Based out of studios in Arizona and Wyoming, Peters creates plein-air paintings born of his insatiable love for the open road and his quest for new subject matter. He often travels to places that appeal to him not only visually but emotionally as well, always looking for that fresh angle or challenging new perspective.
His search for the new and intriguing has sent Peters to locations around the world, painting in such countries as Africa, South America, Ireland, Spain, Romania, Morocco and Venice. However, since 1996, Peters has chosen to stay closer to home, finding his greatest inspiration amidst the beautiful wilderness areas of North America. He often travels on horseback throughout the intermountain west, to the farthest reaches of the backcountry to capture his subjects in their purest forms.
Describing his experiences on one of his painting trips into the Wyoming, Montano and Colorado wilderness, Peters says, “Thunder Lake reigns at the head of Wild Basin in Rocky National Park while the Belly River carries the crystalline melt water of a dozen alpine lakes from the remote end of Glacier National Park. My wife Dawn and I packed our three geldings and a mule named Peach into these wilderness citadels to paint from life and capture their pristine natural beauty. In the ranchlands of Wyoming, we painted the stockyards and oxbows along Clear Creek while flocks of sage grouse and turkey flew overhead in the quiet summer evenings. In the Bighorn mountains an early autumn snow blanketed the golden aspens.” Peters recorded these images through countless field studies, providing a rich visual journal that would serve to inspire his larger studio paintings.
Peters, who showed art talent from childhood, attended college during the 1970’s and, favoring a realistic style, had difficulty taking art classes because of the dominance of abstraction. So he studied Science at Iowa State University and drew and painted on his own at night. At age 22, he was awarded the prestigious Iowa Duck Stamp award, and through his 20’s and 30’s, painted wildlife and figures. He did not marry until his late 40’s because he was so consumed by his work.
Peters is a featured artist at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Great American Artists in Cincinnati, the Masters of the West, and, while the organization was still active, showed at the Artists of America show in Denver. Peters and his wife Dawn divide their time between homes in Wyoming and Arizona.