Frank Hunter







Frank Hunter

Frank Hunter

Tampa, FL


Frank L. Hunter, painter of people and travel.
At the age of eight or nine in my grandparents home in Sardinia Ohio I was drawing all the Norfolk and Western locomotives and copying cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post. I won a watercolor first prize ribbon at the age of twelve at the Norfolk and Western Employee art show in Roanoke, Virginia. My grandparents always said of me "that he is going to be an artist someday. That said, my parents bought me a trumpet when I was in the fifth grade and art work was never on my mind until I graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1955. I had developed a pretty good lip on the trumpet and decided I wanted to pursue music. The only art I did in high school was to become the school newspaper cartoonist on the school newspaper. I took no courses in art and gave it no thought.
When I discovered that there was no way I could find enough money to enroll in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, I checked into the world of commercial art. You know. Draw Me the mail order school in Minneapolis, the Famous Artist School run by Norman Rockwell, et al.... I did not even have enough money to attend college, much less these mail order schools. So I worked a year at a local shoe factory and the following year enrolled at the Ohio State University College of Fine Arts. (They did not offer a commercial art course). While there I found it to be boring studying art appreciation and doing three dimensional things out of clay though I did enjoy life drawing.
Unhappy with the curriculum at Ohio State University, 1n 1959, I found an apprentice job at a large commercial art studio in Columbus. While there I saw what I called the art I wanted. It was called illustration. The studio hired only the best artists and they worked with telling a story for the purpose of selling products. At last I was among artists that emphasized realistic drawing above shapes. I did realize that my time at Ohio State University was not wasted as they covered anatomy drawing very well. My direction and thoughts about art was determined at that point in time.
The term art or artist was just too broad for me. Seems that every one could call themselves an artist of some form or another and it was considered a great hobby for some. Throwing paint at a canvas may be called art by the unenlightened translated by me into foolish people. I still feel that way very much today so I have always disassociated myself from those people. I am an illustrator using my talents to tell a story.
All my paintings tell stories of my life, my family, my friends, my loves, my sarcasm, my desires, my travels, my aviation, my hobbies, my music... et al. I am a product of the forties and fifties and see the world much differently than todays society.
I have been fortunate to travel to so many of the worlds countries and museums, thus I cannot be accused of judging that which I have not seen. I call the masters illustrators rather than artists..
So, what you see on this site is my "arto-biography". Every brush stroke defining a point in my life. I am happy to say that any purchase, prints or original, I will be happy to give the story behind the work. Eclectic. Versatile. I can work in any style...any medium. After fifty years in the advertising art business, I retired in 2007 and commenced to assemble past works and illustrate my life.


Dreamland Pool Summer 1948 by Frank Hunter


Grant and Hutchins Street Croquet Players 1948 by Frank Hunter


The LaRoy Theater Portsmouth Ohio 1953 by Frank Hunter


Picking Up My Newspapers At The Greyhound Station by Frank Hunter


Chillicothe Street From Esplanade to Bridge Portsmouth Ohio 1948 by Frank Hunter


Bignose Airlines Employee Familiarization Flight by Frank Hunter


My Grandmother Saying Goodbye at Sardinia Ohio by Frank Hunter


Roseau Dominica by Frank Hunter


The Norfolk and Western Pumphouse at Sardinia Ohio by Frank Hunter


Family Picnic Along White Oak Creek Sardinia Ohio by Frank Hunter


Troop Train at Sardinia Ohio 1943 by Frank Hunter


Fishing at the Pump House on White Oak Creek by Frank Hunter


Study in Light and Dark Opus Three by Frank Hunter


Study in Light and Dark Opus Two by Frank Hunter


Study in Light and Dark Opus One by Frank Hunter


Convair 440 at Columbus by Frank Hunter


Early Still Life With Pear and Oranges by Frank Hunter


Stewardess and DC3 by Frank Hunter


Waterfall by Frank Hunter


Sailing on Hoover Reservoir by Frank Hunter


Instrument Landing System by Frank Hunter


Twa at Chicago Gate by Frank Hunter


Nassau Air Viscount Loading by Frank Hunter


Bahamas Airways Vickers Viscount by Frank Hunter


Austrian Village on Road to Innsbruck from Venice by Frank Hunter


Amber leaving La Bottega de Marano Grocery on Island of Stromboli by Frank Hunter


Amber at the Roman Coliseum by Frank Hunter


Amber Breakfast in Florence by Frank Hunter


Amber at Pompei and Mount Vesuvius by Frank Hunter


Amber in a Koblenz German Bier Garten by Frank Hunter


Amber on Island of Burano Venice Italy by Frank Hunter


Ambers Dream Riomaggiore by Frank Hunter


Amber shoots a Selfie in jest from our Amsterdam room by Frank Hunter


A Rainy Day in Salzburg, Austria by Frank Hunter


Amber at Mcglynn's Pub in London, England by Frank Hunter


Skippy by Frank Hunter


Amber Atop Stromboli Island Volcano, Sicily by Frank Hunter


Amber in Paris by Frank Hunter


Riomaggiore, Italy by Frank Hunter


The Artist and His Muse by Frank Hunter


Moonlight Over Portsmouth 1948 by Frank Hunter


The Annihilation of Hate by Frank Hunter


The Beauty of The Rain Forest by Frank Hunter


All Aboard by Frank Hunter


Myself with Fish and Cat by Frank Hunter


My Grandad and His Cat by Frank Hunter


Flowers From The Heart by Frank Hunter


The Interrogation by Frank Hunter