Upcoming Solo Show

My solo show of 18 new tonalist paintings at Sullivan Goss Gallery is rapidly approaching. The show will go up on October 18 and the opening night event will be First Thursday November 1. Images will start appearing around October 1. The title of the show is “The Eye Begins To See” - this is partly based on opening line of the poem “In a Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke and partly on my personal view of the painting process.

The printed show catalog is available from the gallery:

The Eye Begins To See: New Works by Chris Peters


In August 2016 I had a painting up at LACMA, as part of the “Guillermo Del Toro: At Home with Monsters” show:

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters

Seattle Art Fair

I had several new paintings up at the Seattle Art Fair 2016. “The Sentinels” received a nice writeup in Vanguard Seattle:

“...Peters executes it beautifully, choosing his subjects and his lighting well, taking one into the scene and giving it an otherworldly tone that rewards closer examination and a longer view.”

For additional information about the paintings on this page please contact:

Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery
11 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

t: 805.730.1460
e: Susan Bush - Sullivan Goss Gallery

Seattle Art Fair The Sentinals Chris Peters

The Sentinals

Oil on Linen Over Panel
40 x 40 inches

Seattle Art Fair Last Light Chris Peters

Last Light

Oil on Linen Over Panel
47 x 47 inches

Seattle Art Fair The Two of Us Chris Peters

The Two of Us

Oil on Linen Over Panel
16 x 16 inches

Chris Peters Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning

Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 inches

Chris Peters At Twight American Tonalism Landscape 

At Twilight

Oil on Linen over Panel
11 x 16 inches

Chris Peters Solitary Oak Landscape

Solitary Oak

Oil on Linen over Panel
6 x 8 inches

Chris Peters Venice Beach Oil Tonalist Painting 

Venice Beach

Oil on Canvas
10 x 10 inches

Chris Peters Waters Edge Landscape 

Water's Edge

Oil on Linen over Panel
6 x 8 inches

Homage to Whistler 

Homage to Whistler

Oil on Linen over Panel
9 x 12 inches

Chris Peters Morning Fog Landscape 

Morning Fog

Oil on Canvas
10 x 11 inches


Finding Beauty in Dark Places

My work is influenced by this wonderful poem by Emily Dickinson:

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
“For beauty,” I replied.
“And I for truth, -the two are one;
We brethren are,” he said.

And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

Every painting I create is an attempt to capture the feeling I get when reading it. The poetic nature of Tonalism is ideal for this, with its limited palette, indistinct edges, and dark scenes devoid of any evidence of human (or even animal) habitation.

The paintings are created in the studio because nature rarely presents the “perfect picture”. My goal is always to capture a mood rather than a specific scene, and individual elements are there to serve the needs of the painting as a whole.