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!


Oil painting on wood
Signed on front

12" h x 12" w x .25" d
1 lbs. 0 oz.


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Comments About This Piece

Eleanor has an enigmatic expression, which was a challenge and a joy to capture. I loved painting the colors in her face and shoulders, and the reflected light in the shadows. 

The painting surface is a wood panel which is approximately 1/4" of an inch thick. It has a "dove tail slot" in the back, which means that it could be hung on the wall as-is, by sliding the slot onto the nail. However, it would also be well-suited for placing in a frame. The edges of the panel are painted with a coordinating color, so if the painting is hung unframed, the edges will look finished.

The painting has a light coat of damar varnish on it, to give it a little gloss.

Oil painting

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