by Bonnie Rusinko
As you gaze at David Hunt’s many pieces of impressive artwork, it is hard to believe that he is a self-taught artist.
His versatile techniques on so many unique surfaces reveal his deep passion for art, and you sense he is constantly thinking of a new way to express his vision.
David is willing to try any medium or technique, so it was not surprising to learn he created his very own ”resin technique,” which he uses to create vibrant and bold abstracts.
David was drawn to art at an early age and remembers drawing and redrawing cartoon characters from the newspaper until he perfected his technique.
He was constantly reading art books and watching television shows that demonstrated different art techniques, especially the wet-on-wet style used by two of his inspirations, Bob Ross and William Alexander.
He was so excited when he actually met Bob Ross while attending the Ross Art Seminar here in Charlotte. He said it is one of the great highlights of his life, as it motivated him to continue with his passion for the arts.
David was born and raised in Ohio. As work declined, he decided to follow his brother to North Carolina to start a new life. In 1986, he settled in the sleepy town of Waxhaw.
Until settling in Waxhaw, his art was put on the back-burner but emerged while volunteering several days a week at the old Eight Legs Gallery. While working at the gallery, he met his wife, Jane, and was married in 2004. To make life even sweeter, in 2008 they purchased the Eight Legs Gallery and promised to make it a place for artists to display and teach art.
David said it was Jane who prompted him to break away from the traditional, realistic paintings and create in the abstract. Without fear or hesitation, he did just that and the rest is history. However, after all the different mediums he has tried, David will admit painting with oils, especially landscapes, is still his favorite. When I asked David what he would want as his legacy, he said, “One of my paintings to be hung in a museum.”
David Hunt is not only a very creative and talented artist who is passionate about art, but also a warm, kind-hearted, generous person who supports the arts and artists.
At any given moment, you will find David volunteering his time and talent to Waxhaw and to any worthwhile cause that enhances and promotes art, no matter what style or medium. I am sure one day I will view in awe a painting created by David Hunt displayed on the wall of a museum.
Bonnie Rusinko is a member of the Waxhaw Arts Council.
Want to learn more?
See more of David Hunt’s artwork at Eight Legs Gallery, 310 E. South Main St, Waxhaw.