Abraham Hunter said that he first began to realize that God had given him a talent at 12 years old. At 14, he began to really commit to his art. With no wildlife artists in his home area, and no family members with artistic gifts, Abraham had no choice but to teach himself.
“ As early as I can remember I was busy drawing and coloring on anything I could get my hands on. Wildlife and history were my favorite subjects to draw, and I often blended the two subjects by having critters like squirrels and songbirds play the roles of the characters in the stories I would write and illustrate.
I began painting when I was 12 with a watercolor paint set from Walmart. To help with family finances, I began to sell my art for $20 dollars a piece, going door to door where local restaurants and gift shops became my first “galleries.” I juggled high school and work, entering as many contests as I could in order to get my art out there.
In 2012, I found a publisher and opened my own gallery, inspiring me to make each new painting better than the one before. I try to paint or sketch every day, learning from masters before me
and from my own experiences.
In my art, I try to express my deep longing for a perfect world, full of peaceful homesteads, villages, and wildlife and I also love to paint images that express my faith. I’m a completely self-taught artist, and I’m most concerned with how my art makes viewers feel when they step in to my oil and acrylic paintings.” – Abraham Hunter