Retired Menlo Park fire fighter Jerry Peters is featured artist at Portola Art Galley in July

by Frances Freyberg on July 1, 2012

“Vintage Trucks and New Works” — acrylic paintings of vintage trucks, new still life paintings and landscapes by artist Jerry Peters — will be featured at Portola Art Gallery during the month of July.

Jerry’s love of painting began after retiring from the fire service in 1996. He spent 30 years as a firefighter, the last 10 as a Battalion Chief in the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. His career inspired his early work in acrylics, which featured fire engines, fire helmets and fire scenes.

For the past 13 years, he has specialized in portraits, landscapes and still life paintings. 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 vintage vehicles.

In addition to his vintage trucks, Jerry paints from photographs taken during his travels. His work includes scenes from Italy, Germany, Belgium, Egypt, Greece, England and Turkey, as well as from across the USA and Canada. Throughout his artistic career, he has accepted numerous commissions for portraiture and landscapes.

There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, July 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park.

Photo is Oxford Public Telly (2011, 22×28″, acrylic), part of the exhibit.

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