The artist’s study of light, “its significance and emotional power”, define his work. When he discovered the power of light, Prior changed from “being an ironic observer into an emotional participant.” Light is Prior’s special quality that makes his skies at sunset, or his winter light scenes reach beyond hyperrealism. Familiar objects and settings, a flower in a glass of water, a sunset on the beach, or a snowfall combined with the artist’s smooth enamel finish eliminating brush strokes make everyday scenes special and unique.
Prior’s paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Cordorva Museum in Lincoln, MA. and the New Britain Museum of American Art.