All prints are handmade by Peter Ralston on archival rag paper with an archival ink set.
Small Matted Prints - This collection is printed on 8.5 x 11 inch sheets, matted, ready to be framed.
Sightings - This limited edition (LE) collection of 64 images is from Peter's 1997 book, Sightings. This edition is limited to 25 prints of each image plus five artist proofs (AP). They are printed on 17 x 22 inch sheets.
The Master Prints - This limited edition (LE) collection of 25 images were selected as especially important to the artist. This edition is limited to 50 prints of each image plus ten artist proofs (AP). They are printed on 24 x 36 inch sheets.
The story behind Painters
The Southern Island keeper’s house and light tower were getting their very first coat of white paint under Betsy Wyeth’s care.
Here she created their first island home, a wonder. As she had at the 18th century Quaker mill property where I grew up in Pennsylvania, as she had at their Cushing farm, so too, here on Southern she created a “wondrous strange” world within which Andy would unleash his extraordinary talent.
As is always the case with the Wyeths, the story quickly became far more complex and charged with high drama, but this image stands as an icon of where and when the next chapters in all of our lives began.
Painters refers to the workmen scraping and painting the buildings for Betsy as well as, of course, the two artists in her life –first Andy and then son Jamie – who would take the muse she had conjured for them here and make further and lasting Big Magic of it.
And Southern, it turned out, was only the pre-study for her ultimate island masterpiece.