From Rochester, New York, Carl Peters became an American Scene painter and regionalist. During his growing years where he was raised on a farm in Fairport, a Rochester suburb, he was exposed to a variety of artistic movements including the Hudson River School painters, tonalist tradition, Ashcan School, American impressionism, and early modernism.
At the age of sixteen, he declared himself an artist and reportedly painted every day for the rest of his life. After attending art school in Rochester, he enrolled in the Art Students League in New York City and spent several summers in Woodstock, New York, studying with Charles Rosen and John F. Carlson, the latter being his most influential teacher.
His forte was snowscenes, which he frequently painted in the Genesee Valley on his family farm near Fairport. He also spent many summers near Cape Ann, Massachusetts. He exhibited widely and won three Hallgarten Prizes from the National Academy of Design, 1926, 1928, and 1932. He was a camouflage artist in the army during World War I, and he also did WPA murals for the Federal Arts Project during the Depression years. In spite of the pervasive modernist movement, he remained true to a realistic style of landscape painting.
His work is in numerous museums including the National Museum of American Art, the Memorial Art Gallery and Strong Museum of Rochester, New York; the Fairport Museum of Fairport, New York; and the Rockport Art Association in Massachusetts.
American Art Review, June 1999
Additional information and the correction about the family farm being located in Fairport, near Rochester, and not near Woodstock, New York, courtesy of Samuel Profeta, whose source is the widow (now deceased) of the artist.