Artist of the moment….Walter Launt Palmer….

This artist is well known for painting wonderful landscapes with snow. He captured perfectly the glowing light and myriad of colors that can be found in snow.

A montage of more of the artist’s landscapes and fabulous snow pieces set to orchestra music.

The artist was born in Albany, New York in the year 1854. He grew up in an artistic family whose friends including some great painters of the American landscape such as Frederic Church, James and William Hart, and Edward Gay. In his teens the artist mentored with Charles Elliot for painting portraits. He was student of Church for painting landscapes. Under the tutelage of these two great artists at the tender age of eighteen years old his work was selected for exhibition with the National Academy of Design.

In 1873 the artist traveled throughout Europe with his family visiting Scotland, France, Germany, and Italy. Whilst in Europe he took some lessons from Carolus Duran, John Singer Sargent’s mentor. Walter Palmer got to meet other artists working in Europe such as the aforement John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase.

Palmer returned to the United States and was an official protege of Church and shared a studio with him for three years.

Palmer kept great records of all the artwork he produced. This was something he learned directly from Frederic Church. According to his records his most successful paintings were those of Venice and of course his snow paintings.

Palmer often times painted from memory. This would allow him to match colors and generate moods and feelings in his artwork rather than just rendering something.

Palmer passed away in 1932 at the age of 76 years old.

Walter Palmer was very diverse in his mediums working in oils, pastels, watercolor, and gouache.

Price ranges: For watercolors the artist’s work goes from $2,000 to $20,000. Oil paintings range from $198,000 for a 30 by 40 inch work down to $1,800 for a smaller work sized 10 by 8 inches.  For pastel works the range is $3,600 t0 $60,000.

For his artistic influences the artist followed the works of the Hudson River School. He also admired John Ruskin for experimenting by painting snow with blue shadows.

This artist is one of the best I have seen for painting snow. After first learning to paint snow in grey tones, I also found that painting snow with blue shadows, made for wonderful vivid paintings. Other painters of snow I admire are Aldro Hibbard, Len Chmiel, Richard Schmid, Lynn Boggess, and the father son duo of Guy Carleton Wiggins and Guy Arthur Wiggins.

Below is a snowscape by Lynn Boggess. He uses cement trowels to apply his paint and works directly from life.



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