Hunter Jay

Hunter Jay

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My art career began in 1964 with drawings of Godzilla in battle with squadrons of fighter jets. Fellow first graders were my early collectors for these scenes of chaos; all free for the asking. At the time, no one knew I'd rather draw cars and castles, but the Godzilla drawings were so popular and made my friends so happy, I couldn't resist.

When I was ten years old, my parents (AKA Santa Claus) gave me a microscope for Christmas. The entire process of using the microscope fascinated me; the lens that had two settings, the little rectangular glass slides, even the gray metal box it came in! But of course the best thing was getting a good look into an infinitely tiny magical world. A grain of sugar became a revelation to me. A blade of grass could turn into a hairy log! The scales of a butterfly wing astounded me.

I think my parents knew me better than to expect the microscope to be a launching pad into a bio-science career, but if by chance they did, that didn’t happen. In fact, I am quite sure that if I remember correctly, within a matter of a few months my brother or I had somehow accidentally destroyed the thing. We were not careful kids, after all. At least not with complicated things like microscopes.

However... the magnified intricacies of that hidden, secret world have always stayed with me. I was asked to add a flower (in closeup) to a commissioned landscape painting a few years ago, and since that time my direction has slowly changed. I’d been painting broad expanses of sky, and have gradually moved more into the intense focus of a much smaller subject, even though I still love to paint sky.

Many of my paintings incorporate a mystical, soft ...

My art career began in 1964 with drawings of Godzilla in battle with squadrons of fighter jets. Fellow first graders were my early collectors for these scenes of chaos; all free for the asking. At the time, no one knew I'd rather draw cars and castles, but the Godzilla drawings were so popular and made my friends so happy, I couldn't resist.

When I was ten years old, my parents (AKA Santa Claus) gave me a microscope for Christmas. The entire process of using the microscope fascinated me; the lens that had two settings, the little rectangular glass slides, even the gray metal box it came in! But of course the best thing was getting a good look into an infinitely tiny magical world. A grain of sugar became a revelation to me. A blade of grass could turn into a hairy log! The scales of a butterfly wing astounded me.

I think my parents knew me better than to expect the microscope to be a launching pad into a bio-science career, but if by chance they did, that didn’t happen. In fact, I am quite sure that if I remember correctly, within a matter of a few months my brother or I had somehow accidentally destroyed the thing. We were not careful kids, after all. At least not with complicated things like microscopes.

However... the magnified intricacies of that hidden, secret world have always stayed with me. I was asked to add a flower (in closeup) to a commissioned landscape painting a few years ago, and since that time my direction has slowly changed. I’d been painting broad expanses of sky, and have gradually moved more into the intense focus of a much smaller subject, even though I still love to paint sky.

Many of my paintings incorporate a mystical, soft focus background. The sharp foreground and fuzzy background are distinctly different, but both contribute equally to the overall mood I want to convey. My subject matter varies; it may be a leaf, a flower, a rock, a twig…but my goal is to reveal the wonder of the hidden world around us. I like to focus on the geometry of the composition. Sometimes for me, the composition; the way the elements are arranged... is much more important than the actual subject matter.

My paintings embrace an admiration of simplicity. Colors may be brilliant and bold, but never shocking. The work evokes a contemplative and peaceful place, be it a sun-showered field of daisies or a quiet, icy winter scene. My work has been showcased in juried shows throughout Colorado. In 2006, my work was chosen by acclaimed director Kar Wai Wong to be used in his film 'My Blueberry Nights', starring Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weiss, and Nora Jones.

AWARDS and Special Interest:

2017 "Seasons" Best in Show, Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs CA
2017 Stapleton Open Studios, Denver CO
2017 Wings Over The Rockies Art Show, Denver
2017 Frame by Frame Gallery Featured Artist, Denver CO
2016 Stapleton Open Studios Tour

2016 Fusion Art Gallery "Waterscapes" Competition - Second Place/Traditional
2016 Colors of Humanity "RED Show"
2016 Denver Hospice Mask Project

2014 Center of Attention: KDVR FOX31 Artist of the week Good Day Colorado : 12/15-12/19/14
Link Here: http://youtu.be/-ktbD_bnX8k

2014 Denver Hospice Mask Project
2014 Clothes to Kids Exhibition and Benefit
2011 Gardenscapes Exhibition Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce
2011 DYAO Painted Violin Exhibition and Benefit
2010 Artist of the Month-January- Denverartists.com
2008 Hunter's artwork featured in Kar Wei Wong film 'Blueberry Nights'
2007 Artist's Magazine Student Still Life Competition - Second Place Cash Award
2007 Kaladi's Halloween Show - Best in Show
2007 Mountain Connection Magazine Cover Competition - Honorable Mention
2007 Himme Productions National Greeting Card Competition - Honorable Mention

I've Never Seen This Day Before
I've Never Seen This Day Before
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Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
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Forest Fantasy
Forest Fantasy
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The Honeythief
The Honeythief
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All In The Golden Afternoon
All In The Golden Afternoon
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"What's Up, Tigerlily?"
"What's Up, Tigerlily?"
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Quiet World
Quiet World
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Siren's Call
Siren's Call
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Romantico
Romantico
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Cisco
Cisco
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Minnie
Minnie
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Winds of Change
Winds of Change
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Light & Song
Light & Song
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Feels Like a New Morning
Feels Like a New Morning
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Rebel
Rebel
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Twilight at Hunter Ridge
Twilight at Hunter Ridge
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The Deep
The Deep
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Gross, Kelly and Company Warehouse
Gross, Kelly and Company Warehouse
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The Wake
The Wake
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Into The Wild
Into The Wild
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Oli
Oli
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Bentley
Bentley
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Woodlands Spirit
Woodlands Spirit
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Keegan
Keegan
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Bright As Yellow
Bright As Yellow
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