Hunter Jay “Featured Artist” April 2017

Hunter Jay “Featured Artist” April 2017

Hunter Jay / Painter

www.wildernesscreekcreations.com

umbraco57@gmail.com

Biography
My art career began in 1964 with drawings of Godzilla in battle with squadrons of fighter jets. Fellow first graders were my early collectors for these scenes of chaos; all free for the asking. At the time, no one knew I’d rather draw cars and castles, but the Godzilla drawings were so popular and made my friends so happy, I couldn’t resist.When I was ten years old, my parents (AKA Santa Claus) gave me a microscope for Christmas. The entire process of using the microscope fascinated me; the lens that had two settings, the little rectangular glass slides, even the gray metal box it came in! But of course the best thing was getting a good look into an infinitely tiny magical world. A grain of sugar became a revelation to me. A blade of grass could turn into a hairy log! The scales of a butterfly wing astounded me.

I think my parents knew me better than to expect the microscope to be a launching pad into a bio-science career, but if by chance they did, that didn’t happen. In fact, I am quite sure that if I remember correctly, within a matter of a few months my brother or I had somehow accidentally destroyed the thing. We were not careful kids, after all. At least not with complicated things like microscopes.

However… the magnified intricacies of that hidden, secret world have always stayed with me. I was asked to add a flower (in closeup) to a commissioned landscape painting a few years ago, and since that time my direction has slowly changed. I’d been painting broad expanses of sky, and have gradually moved more into the intense focus of a much smaller subject, even though I still love to paint sky.