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.


Pagoda at Golden Gate Park by Frank Hunter


Hamilton Bermuda 1965 by Frank Hunter


Ten Whiskey and Me at Columbus International Airport 1964 by Frank Hunter


InterAm Airlines Flight One Clearwater Florida to Bristol England by Frank Hunter


The Hillsboro Local Passing My Birthplace At Sardinia by Frank Hunter


The Powhatan Arrow Roars Through The Yards Into Portmouth by Frank Hunter


Posado San Francisco San Miguel Allende Mexico by Frank Hunter


Caracas Venezuela Atop Mount Avila by Frank Hunter


Cop In Colima Mexico by Frank Hunter


Along The Ensenada Coastline by Frank Hunter


Tequilla Tasting at Puerto Vallarta Mexico by Frank Hunter


A Couple Of Beers In Manzanillo by Frank Hunter


Five Guys At A Bar by Frank Hunter


Joy and Frank Once Upon A Time In Tuscany by Frank Hunter


The Car Movers of Phi Sigma Kappa OSU 43 E. 15th Ave by Frank Hunter


Mexico City Ballet Folklorico by Frank Hunter


The Kokee at night by Frank Hunter


Dancing With The Birds by Frank Hunter


A Rainforest Bird Family Goes On A Picnic by Frank Hunter


JamaicanTropical Bird Family Picnic by Frank Hunter


The Night Sound of Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter


Boats to Bioluminesense Bay Parguera pr. by Frank Hunter


red roses in a purple vase by Frank Hunter


The Blue Mountains of Jamaica by Frank Hunter


Bermuda lady in red and cop by Frank Hunter


Portsmouth Ohio 1948 Dime Store Row 3rd to 4th by Frank Hunter


Portsmouth Ohio Dime Store Row 4th to 5th by Frank Hunter


Winter and summer in the Wayne Hills Area by Frank Hunter


Portsmouth Ohio sledding on Kendall Ave Hill by Frank Hunter


Portsmouth Ohio the ball field at 17th and Mound by Frank Hunter


One For My Love by Frank Hunter


Two Seasons 17th and Kendall Portsmouth Ohio 1950 by Frank Hunter


tree frog of Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter


Sons of GS Bolivoufs by Frank Hunter


Stromboli Volcano Island in The Aeolian Sea Near Sicily by Frank Hunter


A Glass of Wine Atop Santorini Greek Island by Frank Hunter


Bay Street Surrey Nassau Bahamas by Frank Hunter


Flamboyan and Cows in Western Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter


La Perla San Juan PR by Frank Hunter


Hacienda Gripinas Old Coffee plantation by Frank Hunter


Just strolling on Luquillo by Frank Hunter


Beach Shack 5 Los Pinones pr by Frank Hunter


Footprints on Los Pinones beach pr by Frank Hunter


Beach Shack 4 Los Pinones pr by Frank Hunter


Outskirts of Aguadilla Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter


Los Pinones Shack 3 by Frank Hunter


Island Airlines Ford Trimotor over Put-In-Bay In the Winter by Frank Hunter


Beach Hotels in Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter