Artist Jerry Peters paints Venice at the Portola Art Gallery


by Frances Freyberg August 5, 2022

In August, the Portola Art Gallery presents Venice and other new works — paintings by Palo Alto artist jerry peters. While Jerry is best known for his paintings of old trucks and tractors in the wild, this exhibition will include new works from a trip to Venice as well as other new paintings.

A reception will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.and Jerry will also be at the gallery on August 13, 25 and 27 to answer questions in person.

Jerry’s love of painting began after he retired from fire service in 1996. He spent 30 years as a firefighter, the last ten as a battalion chief in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. His career led to his first works in acrylics, which featured fire engines, fire helmets, and fire scenes.

For over 20 years, Jerry has specialized in portraits, landscapes and still lifes. He has a particular fondness for painting old trucks and tractors in rural settings, blending the beauty of nature with the character and history of dented vehicles.

In addition to his vintage trucks, Jerry often paints from photographs taken on his travels. His work includes scenes from France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, England, and Turkey, as well as across the United States and Canada. Jerry explains that painting from photographs has allowed him to explore new challenges and work on different techniques. Throughout his artistic career, he accepted many commissions for portraits and landscapes.

“Venice End of Day” (acrylic, 16×20″) is one of the artworks featured in Jerry Peters’ August exhibition “Venice and Other New Works” at Portola Art Gallery (75 Arbor Road at Cambridge Avenue).


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