Hunter's Blog



  1. The Plein Air versus Studio Debate
    11 May, 2018
    The Plein Air versus Studio Debate
    You may not know it, if you are not an artist yourself…but in the past couple of years, with the huge surge in the popularity of plein air painting (painting from life, outside) there has been a bit of a backlash against studio painting. Let me say, right here, that I love and admire plein air painting.  I am not going to take anything away from it or criticize it in any way.  Because the artist is outside, in the elements (good or bad) and because the light is constantly changing…it affects
  2. Emotionalism in Art
    05 Apr, 2018
    Emotionalism in Art
    I was recently struck (pleasantly) by a comment on one of my paintings, from a dear friend.  She described the mood of it as "eerie, yet hopeful."  Those two things don't seem like they could refer to the same painting, but that is what I love about art, and emotionalism in art. Below is the painting, called "Whistle Down The Wind," that she referred to: Her comment rings true!  It is both.  There is a storm in the background, which can be interpreted as incoming or outgoing, and in the
  3. The Nitty Gritty
    08 Jan, 2018
    The Nitty Gritty
    Being a self-trained artist, sometimes I get a little self conscious when someone asks me about technique, or the nitty gritty of how I make a painting happen.  I mean, I want to preface anything I say with, "Well...this is how I do it, after a lot of trial and error."  For real, I never ever took a beginning painting class.  There may be some things that go against the grain of the official "how-to" principles.  I wouldn't know! My painting career began in 2000.  I had been a graphic artist
  4. Juried Versus Non Juried (What Does It Mean?)
    20 Dec, 2017
    Juried Versus Non Juried (What Does It Mean?)
    Recently I was accepted into an online art gallery, which basically functions the same as a brick and mortar gallery, with the same commission structure.  There are many of these online galleries, all with different ways of conducting business and selling art.  However, a large proportion of them are not juried, which is both a good and a bad thing.  In fact, this applies not only to galleries, but art shows and competitions in general. So, for the good about non-juried:  Obviously, it is an
  5. Painting Sky
    17 Nov, 2017
    Painting Sky
    Today I am painting sky.  You'd be surprised, but sometimes that is the toughest thing for me to do, depending on what I'm trying to capture.  Overcast, cloudy skies...those are a cinch.  Blue skies with lots of clouds:  not quite as easy, but slightly more difficult. But just a clear expanse of blue, now that is a tough nut to crack.  That's because the blue of the sky changes with each hour of the day.  Sometimes it is unbelievably ultramarine.  If you're not familiar with what that is,
  6. So. Much. Art!
    30 Oct, 2017
    So. Much. Art!
    "So. Much. Art!   I read an article by a professional art critic over the weekend.  He'd just visited some international art fair in Paris, and these were his thoughts.  Which started me thinking, "Why is there so much?"  And I don't know the full answer, but I do have some ideas about it. We are living in an age where so many of us have the TIME to create it.  I'm not going to call it "leisure" time because I don't think that's an accurate description.  However, we are not working in the
  7. Exploring Another Side
    10 Aug, 2017
    Exploring Another Side
    As an artist, I am constantly pushing and challenging myself creatively.  Unless you are enrolled in some type of a class, where you're given assignments, you really have to take charge yourself, or risk falling into a rut of painting the same things (at least from the standpoint of approach) over and over again. Doing that, you can certainly be commercially successful, and I see so much of this.  But in the end, how many martini olives can you get excited about, if that's all you paint...ever?
  8. The enigmatic expression of the Urabamba Boy
    08 Jul, 2017
    The enigmatic expression of the Urabamba Boy
    I just finished a portrait of a little boy at school in Peru, from the Urabamba Valley.  We visited Peru in June of last year.  I saw so many children like this one, but didn't manage to capture a photo of any.  They are generally very shy, or a few are the very opposite (they want their photo taken for a fee...and then the expression is not the one I wanted on film).  Two months later, my friend Lisa Talucci visited the same area, and was able to get on film the exact image I wanted, as far as
  9. My Attraction to Water
    22 Jun, 2017
    My Attraction to Water
    My latest painting: Port of Saint Petersburg, 20"x20", acrylic on canvas...$800.00 For those who follow my work, you know I paint a lot of water.  Sometimes it's the ocean (probably most of the time) sometimes it is a river or stream, sometimes a waterfall, and sometimes raindrops.  I can't really pinpoint why I'm drawn to this subject matter more than any other.  It could be a number of things, really.   The way it reflects light, and the incredible range of color.  Water can be ANY color,
  10. Fantastic Giveaway!  Print and book + 15% off any available print
    30 Mar, 2017
    Fantastic Giveaway! Print and book + 15% off any available print
    First of all, let's get this out of the way:  15% off any available print through April 28th.  Just contact me through this site on the Contact link for inquiries. Secondly.... Here's your opportunity for a signed print of my painting "Window to the Past," and a book of my paintings.  (Read on for information on how to be entered into the drawing). The painting is inspired by a trip to Machu Picchu in June of 2016.  Having grown up staring at photos of this place in my 1961 World Book
  11. The Evolution of Painting Titles
    15 Mar, 2017
    The Evolution of Painting Titles
    Granted, when most people buy artwork, bring it home and hang's not likely they will remember the name of the piece.  It's okay, really.  The reason they've bought the painting is because of an emotional reaction they get from it; something they feel on a visceral level.  The title is sometimes forgotten. However, I have found that many people are drawn to a specific piece of art BECAUSE of the title.  They may forget it later on, but that is one element that draws them in, that
  12. The logistics of a frame
    21 Feb, 2017
    The logistics of a frame
    Sometimes figuring out the frame for a piece takes more time than you think.  Still thinking about this one.  I like the ridges; they make me think of Mexico, and this is Puerto Vallarta.  The name of the painting is "Taste the Sunshine."  Also...the reflective surfaces of the frame repeat the reflective surfaces of the water; the wetness.  What do you think?
  13. Nothing inconsequential
    07 Feb, 2017
    Nothing inconsequential
    Sometimes, like in my last painting of rocks in water...the most difficult things to transfer to the canvas are not the most noticeable things about the finished piece. And yet...without them, the work would appear lifeless. There was one rock that was so difficult to paint, it took hours in comparison to the others.  Half submerged, it didn't have defined edges.  It was not a main focal point. But if I had just painted it exactly like all the others, the completed painting would be a lot less
  14. Print Prices coming soon
    10 Jan, 2017
    Print Prices coming soon
    I've had a few people contact me about the website; a little mystified how to order prints or giclees.  As of right now, you cannot order directly from the site; you only have the option of contacting me via email.   I do hope to change that in the future!  In the interim, I will be periodically going in to update each painting with specific sizes and prices, instead of simply "prints/giclees available."  I will start with this painting first, and notify through the blog.   You can find this
  15. A new page turned
    26 Dec, 2016
    A new page turned
    I have been approached many times in the past to do pet portraits.  I have always said no, just as I only very rarely do portraits of people.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  It's not that I think I am 'better than that.' Here's why I have not done it often, if at all (pet AND people portraits): 1.  Sometimes people want a photo recreated EXACTLY.  My issue with that is, "why do you need a portrait done by hand when you already have the portrait you want?"  If you want it duplicated
  16. Saying Farewell to Beloved Paintings
    07 Dec, 2016
    Saying Farewell to Beloved Paintings
    One of the things that is sometimes tough for artists is letting go of pieces that have such a deep personal meaning.  As for me, I think I really do well with this aspect of it.  I create from an emotional place, watch the painting emerge as I bond with it, and then think about how this emotion, this sense of place, this part of myself...will live on in someone else's heart.  I cannot fully explain the joy it gives me to let these works go to their new home.   It truly is the reason I am here
  17. The Element of Mystery
    04 Dec, 2016
    The Element of Mystery
    When I was a kid, I would religiously watch Johnny Weissmuller films, both Tarzan and Jungle Jim. This gradually transferred over to black and white classic films as well, and then specifically film noir. Don't get me wrong, I love color, and I think that is obvious. But...the lighting in these classic films grabbed hold of a deep part of me. The contrast; the moods created by simple tonal images made an intense impact on me. There is something about a black and white image that lays it all on
  18. Next up; this plant
    15 Nov, 2016
    Next up; this plant
    Bromeliad!  I don't know exactly the name of this specific plant, but I do know that much about it.  It will be the focus of my next painting. After this, I will probably leave the tropics alone for awhile.  But don't hold me to it, please.  I can see myself fantasizing in the middle of February about beaches and sultry jungles.  The photo I am using was taken near the pyramids of Cozumel, Mexico. When we were in Puerto Vallarta last February, I came across this painting that I fell in love
  19. Winner in FusionArts Competition
    01 Sep, 2016
    Winner in FusionArts Competition
    Fun news!  I was chosen as a winner in the most recent Fusion Arts competition.  This is a brick and mortar gallery in Palm Springs, California which also coordinates an online competition to discover new art. Founded by award winning Fine Artist, Chris Hoffman, Fusion Art's mission is to promote and connect emerging and established artists with collectors and art enthusiasts, while offering the opportunity to participate in art experiences, art related education, engage in dialogue with