T.J. Cunningham to give Painting Demonstration
Saturday, August 6 from 10am to Noon

THOMASTON— Fans of well-crafted paintings are in for a special morning at Haynes Galleries. Portrait and landscape artist TJ Cunningham will lead a live painting demonstration on Saturday, August 6, from 10am to Noon under the apple tree at the gallery at 91 Main Street in Thomaston. He will discuss his process as he works so guests will understand how Cunningham creates his impressions of his subject. The demo is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

As he paints, Cunningham will discuss what first drove him to be an artist and his training based on the works of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. He will also talk about his painting process including working outdoors in the environment and how he translates what he sees on location to larger canvases in his studio.

In his short career, Cunningham has displayed a talent for and a devotion to Realist painting well beyond other artists his age. It’s remarkable considering he did not take up painting in oil until college even though he displayed artistic interests as a child. Cunningham’s love of landscape painting began during his childhood in Vermont but his passion for landscapes is only surpassed by his love of the portraiture, a genre he has studied carefully during his young career. Cunningham has a gift for combining the two into cohesive compositions. For his work, he has received several prestigious honors, including an Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America, and been shown in galleries and museums through the U.S.