Artist

J. Dunster
Independence, Missouri

Growing up in Southern California, J. Dunster got her start in the art world by selling celebrity portraits to fans - and sometimes even the celebs themselves! She moved on to study drawing, anatomy, and painting at Otis College of Art & Design, and now specializes in oil paintings of portraits, figures and animals. We think she has a special talent for painting furry felines! She paints to find the beauty and nobility in things, capturing emotion, drama and silliness. She says quite a few of her models act surprised by what they see in her portraits, “as if I discovered something more noble or beautiful in them. But it's not a put-on, that *is* what I see in them.” Fun fact: J. is learning Spanish (albeit slowly) by watching Spanish-language soap operas on TV.

Artist and Customer Comments


J. Dunster 6/2/2016 | 4:27 PM

I missed your comments before, G Freeman! I apologize! I'm so glad you liked "Amber"!

G Freeman 4/12/2016 | 8:24 PM

what a beautiful piece!!

G Freeman 4/12/2016 | 8:24 PM

just received "Amber

G Freeman 4/11/2016 | 5:48 PM

just purchased "amber" can't wait to get her!!

J. Dunster 3/22/2016 | 1:20 AM

I've been working very hard on some new paintings, and hope to have them available very soon. I'm working on portraits and of course more paintings of cats. Stay tuned!

J. Dunster 9/6/2015 | 5:55 AM

Thank you so much for your lovely comment, R!

R Pillai 8/30/2015 | 10:26 AM

Lovely work!

J. Dunster 1/15/2015 | 2:56 PM

I'm very excited to be on UGallery! If anyone has any questions, please ask!

Warm & Cool
by J. DUNSTER


Oil painting on wood
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2014

14" h x 14" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.

$500


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The model for this painting was a friend of one of my art associates, who generously posed for several of us artists. She is a warm and beautiful person, inside and out.  In this portrait I was interested in exploring the warm and cool color temperature on the model's skin. 

I am fascinated with the anatomy of the neck and shoulders, and so I enjoyed painting her lovely neck in this painting.

This painting is on a cradled wood panel with finished edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Oil painting

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