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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. 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.”

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    About The Artist

    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. 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.”

    Artist Statement

    Born and raised in Southern California, I started drawing at a young age. In my teens, I sometimes sold celebrity portraits to fans and even occasionally friends and associates of the celebrities. I attended Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, where I studied drawing, anatomy, and painting. I've also studied ceramics at Glendale Community College in Glendale, California.


    I paint mostly in oils, though I occasionally use acrylics and graphite. My primary subjects are portraits, as well as figures and nudes. I also love to paint animals, particularly cats.


    I'm an art materials junkie and am always experimenting with new brands and products. I almost always use rigid painting surfaces (like canvas panels) because I find them to be more durable than stretched canvas. I use good quality paints and always confirm that the colors are lightfast, which means they won't fade prematurely.


    Artistic influences include: Norman Rockwell; Burne Hogarth, one of my figure drawing teachers at Otis; Andrew Loomis; Richard Schmid; illustrator H. Tom Hall; and Adam Clague, who I have been fortunate enough to study under.

    Hear What Collectors Say About J.'s Work

    J. Dunster 6/28/2018 | 2:13 PM

    Thanks so much for your kind words, L Wells! I'm so glad that you liked the Tabby picture! Minnie must be a beautiful kitty.

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    L Wells purchased this artwork. 5/16/2018 | 10:21 AM

    Looks just like my Minnie. Perfect. Good work

    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!

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