by John O’Hern
“[excerpt]… Peter Sculthorpe paints in the Brandywine Valley, the haunt of Andrew and many other Wyeths. He recalls Wyeth attending his openings and talking with hi about the paintings on display. The fieldstone barn and house in Storm Break at Midnight are classic Brandywine Valley structures, many built by the English settlers who cleared the fields of stone to plant their crops. The fresh snow softens the built enviornment in the ethereal moonlight. A fire burns all night to take the edge off the cold, and chopped wood lies stacked outside the door. Recalling the paintings of William Trost Richards (1833-1905), Sculthorpe muses, “Richards’ work has inspirational value in its directness and matter-of-factness. He has the ability to make a meager subject iconic and approachable at the same time” – qualities that make his own paintings stand out as well.”
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