TJ Cunningham
American, Born 1988

I was born in the quiet, little New England town of Cambridge, Vermont. Twice a day, the farmer across from my house would close the road so that he could herd his cows to pasture and then back to the barn at the end of the day for milking (farm featured in the painting above). Those wooded hills and shallow streams were fertile with inspiration and beauty. It was the perfect place to awaken a desire to create. 

My parents home schooled me, which meant that very few things distracted me from my extra-curricular, creative pursuits. Throughout my teen years, my creative spark intensified into an artistic passion leading to my decision to study art after high school -- for better or for worse. My first exposure to contemporary art that was both representational and excellent came in the form of literature for the art department at Pensacola Christian College. I immediately decided to attend.

Since the summer following my graduation in 2010 I have pursued art professionally. My love of painting supersedes my love for any one subject matter. As a result, my portfolio is comprised of many portraits, still-lifes, and landscapes. My primary goal is to capture the essence and feeling of my subject matter whatever it may be. I want you, the viewer, to feel what I felt when I was first inspired to paint the picture.

My recent awards include an Award of Exceptional Merit in 2013 and 5th place in 2014 from the Portrait Society of America. Also in 2014 the national art periodical Southwest Art named me one of the America's emerging artists in their “21 Under 31” article. My work is represented by the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont and Haynes Galleries in Nashville, Tennessee and Thomaston, Maine. 

I am thankful to God not only for the wondrous beauty that surrounds me but even more for the chance to make my living experiencing and sharing it with those who own and view my paintings.