About - Peter C. Blanchard

Evidence-Based Art

Your intuition may tell you that certain kinds of imagery will have soothing, stress-reducing effects. In fact, there is a great deal of research to back this up.

Whether you are in charge of choosing art for a healing environment, seeking to increase the focus and satisfaction of your employees, or just want to decorate your home in a way that will put you at ease, the recommendations here will guide your way.

Recommended Elements:

Proven Benefits

Research has shown that appropriate artwork can positively impact:

Clinical Indicators

Reduced heart rate & blood pressure; lower intake of pain medication; shorter hospital stays; improved post-surgical outcomes.

Reported Experience

Greater satisfaction with services received; shorter perceived wait-times; lower reported anxiety; greater employee satisfaction; better reported management of pain.

Economic Outcomes

Improved job satisfaction; increased employee attendance rates; reduced staff turn-over rates; improved focus and performance resulting from stress reduction; reduced cost of care in medical environments.

Download Peter's Brief Guide to Evidence-Based Art (PDF) to learn more.



Calm, non-turbulent water such as rivers, streams and lakes. Avoid dangerous-looking rapids or stormy oceans.


Non-Threatening Wildlife

Only wildlife that is condsidered safe and/or friendly. Avoid images of larger animals staring directly at the viewer.



Visual depth or openness, verdant foliage, warm seasons, deflected vistas, and positive cultural artifacts.


Flowers & Gardens

Healthy, fresh-looking vegetation, vibrant colors, familiar plants, gardens with foreground openness.

Although certain kinds of imagery provide therapeutic benefit, others may actually be detrimental to the healing process. Please Contact Peter for assistance choosing the best artwork for your space.

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Artist Statement

Many years ago, during a particularly difficult period in my life, I had an experience that shifted my landscape.

On a cold walk home, very late one night, I looked up and saw a full rainbow, shining brightly in a circle all the way around the moon. Everything stopped for me in that moment; all of my pain and loneliness evaporated, and my mind went still. For a few precious moments, I was fully present, my silent sense of wonder crowding out all of the noise that had been filling my head. Nothing existed except me, the moon, and its brilliant rainbow halo.

The incredible and unexpected beauty of that moment was enough to transform pain into joy, hurt into hope. Though I would not realize it for some time, I had just been given a powerful glimpse into my life's work.

Photography, for me, is a way of seeking out moments of transformative awe and healing wonder. I love the act of creating through photography because it is an art form that teaches me to be exactly where I am. It teaches me to be still, both physically and mentally, and forces me to really see what is in front of me. When I am successful, it is also an incredible tool of compassion and generosity, as I give these experiences of awe and wonder to the viewer. It is almost as if I can package the moments of peace that I find in my own meditative art form, and offer them up as gifts for others to partake in.

My focus on providing art for healthcare settings stems from a desire to have the greatest possible impact with my art. The revelations of Evidence-Based Art research serve to confirm what I know intuitively: that the images I create can transport the viewer away from their current suffering to a moment of relief, an experience of awe that helps them leave behind anxiety and pain. A few slow breaths can be transformative, and I seek to provide my viewers with a space in which to take those breaths.

- Peter Blanchard

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Stephen K.

"I am a therapist in private practice, and I recently hired Peter Blanchard to install some of his art in my new office. My clients have had an overwhelmingly positive response to it, and many have found the images to be simultaneously soothing and inspiring. Peter has been refreshingly easy and fun to work with in the process. I would highly recommend including his art in any kind of space that is meant to be therapeutic."


Alisha M.

"Peter is such a pleasure to work with! I especially appreciate the mindful presence and deep appreciation he brings to his art... The translation of which is a clearly palpable peace within my wellness haven!"


Eric G.

“Peter has provided art for our clinic space in SE Portland. We were looking to create a more vibrant, beautiful atmosphere for our patients. The fact that we can change out the art twice a year was a real bonus - and something unique that Peter provides. He's really wonderful to work with - a rare balance of personability and orientation around details. The art is the main thing, though. Beautiful shots, wonderful quality, mounted for us. His pictures have a real "aliveness" that is perfect for the healing work we do. I only regret we cannot have 20 pictures in the office!”


Renee S.

“Peter has been providing art for the walls at Rose City Mortgage for the past 2 years. His art is beautiful and it is truly a joy to work with him! I also appreciate that he's a perfectionist, like me. Peter is fantastic. We will ALWAYS get our art from him!”


Kolin L.

“Peter is a talented photographer with an amazing eye for beauty. He is very knowledgeable and has a great work ethic. Working with him has been a true pleasure. His photography has been a center piece at our home since my fiancee and I moved in. Everyone who visits is immediately drawn to his work and blown away by it. His art leasing program is perfect for those who want fine art to grace their walls without paying an arm and a leg up front. I would recommend Peter and Manifest Photography to anyone!”

Print Information

The artwork of Peter C. Blanchard is available in both limited edition and open edition prints.

Open Edition prints are intended for the casual collector, as well as for use in the art-for-healthcare programs offered by Manifest Photography LLC. These prints are available in a variety of sizes on standard photo paper, or our premium infused aluminum print medium.

Infused aluminum prints are waterproof, scratch-resistant, and can be displayed without a frame or glass, making them perfect for collectors with a more modern aesthetic, as well as for healthcare settings where the ability to clean and sanitize the work is important.
Limited Edition prints are available only for a select few of Peter's best images, offered exclusively in large sizes, and are intended for serious collectors.

Offered in editions of 50, these silver halide color prints are made using traditional RA-4 chemistry on specialty photo paper that is embedded with pearly mica crystals. This process creates a nearly 3-dimensional visual experience of extreme tonal range, color saturation, and sharp detail, all in an archival print medium. Each print is hand signed and numbered by the artist, and is sold with a certificate of authenticity which is also signed and numbered.

Please Contact Peter with purchase inquiries.

1% For The World

We are proud to announce that beginning in 2015, 1% of all profits will be donated to charity. This will include profits made from art sales, art rotation contracts, healing art cart contracts, commercial work, and even Peter's new Patreon page (where you can support the work he is doing to bring soothing imagery to those who need it most).

The first charity recipient will be Doctors Without Borders, who still lead the critical effort to contain the ebola outbreak in west Africa.

Other charities will be considered for future contributions, and you are encouraged to Contact Peter if you would like to recommend a charity for consideration. Highest priority will go to those making a tangible difference in:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Economic Inequality
  • Education

HeadstART Program

With a belief that access to good art should not be reserved for those with larger budgets, Peter now offers a limited number of clients the opportunity to take part in his Art Rotation service on a sliding scale. While anyone is welcome to apply, first priority will be given to new or small organizations whose purpose aligns with the core values listed above.

The number of active HeadstART recipients is limited to 3 at any given time. Please Contact Peter to inquire about availability.

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