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
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.