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The Evergreen Gallery in Salt Lake City has accepted several of my plein air oil landscape paintings. Check out their website at:

Some of my desert plein air paintings can be seen at the Juniper Sky Gallery in Ivins, Utah. Located in the  Coyote Gulch Art Village, Juniper Sky Gallery has a wide variety of wonderful paintings, sculpture, photography, and jewelry for sale. A great place to shop for art, or just enjoy what's on exhibit, Juniper Sky Gallery, and Coyote Gulch Art Village are two more great reasons to visit the St. George area in Utah. Thier gallery is at 851 Coyote Gulch Court, Ivins, UT 84738. Phone: 435-674-2306.

The Window Box Gallery in Provo, Utah has accepted some of my plein air paintings. The Window Box Gallery has for sale a wonderful collection of original paintings and prints by local artists, and they provide custom framing services. The gallery is located at 62 W Center St., Provo, UT 84601. Phone: 801-377-4367.

Artist's Statement


Drawing and painting have been an important part of my life since I was very young. Parents and school teachers praised and encouraged my drawing – that is, until it began to interfere with my school work!


The natural world and people have been two of the most important subjects for me for as long as I can remember, and have become the dual focus of my visual expressions. My paintings of the landscape and of people are not only my reaction to those subjects, but are part of my continuing thoughts about, and exploration of them. Nature and people may seem to many to be entirely at odds with each other, but I see what they have in common. I love the rhythms, proportions, and colors of nature, and how patterns repeat themselves at different levels, as in how tree branches, river deltas, and blood vessels resemble each other.


Landscape might appear to lack the life and light seen in the eyes of a person, but it has a spirit of its own, nonetheless. It's fascinating to me how landscapes blend into one another, or tumble over each other. The natural landscape is full of life and the activity of light. Nature provides trails for both mind and body that travel outward to places other than oneself, and can help create positive change within those who will explore those trails. Experiences along the trail are more than things that just happen there, they are part of the trail. Involvement with nature opens up new pathways and, in a way, can even begin to open up a whole universe.


The human form shares a lot of similarities with landscape. The rhythms and proportions seen in how the arms, hands and fingers articulate, or in the arrangement of features of the head, or in the graceful curve of the spine, all have echoes in nature, and can have similar effects. It is the aim of my art to express and explore the peace and grace that can be found in both people and the landscape.


-James Gunter-


Selected List of Juried and Invitational Shows, Awards, and Training:




Salon d' Autumne, Logan Fine Arts, 2012, 2014


Solo Show, Window Box Gallery, 2012


Pastel Society of New Mexico, National Pastel Painting Exhibition, 2011


Fremont Indian State Park, Sagebrush Gallery Exhibit 2011


Western Wyoming Plein Air Competition 2012 (People's Choice Award), 2011 (People's Choice Award)


Holladay Plein Air 2011 (Honorable Mention)


"Friends", Terra Nova Gallery, 2011


"Small Works, Big Statement",  Crowley Gallery, 2010


"Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Sale", Swaner Ecocenter, 2010


Escalante Canyons Art Festival/Everett Ruess Days, 2012, 2010 (Honorable Mention)

"Pastel 2010", Terra Nova Gallery, 2010


Spring City Arts Plein Air Painting Competition 2010, 2011 (Merit Award, Paintout)


Plein Air Provo, Terra Nova Gallery, 2012 (2nd Place Award), 2010, 2009 (1st Place Award, 3rd Place Award), 2008


“Wasatch Plein Air Paradise”, Midway, Utah, 2012, 2010, 2009


Spring Salon, Springville Museum or Art, 2007, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1998 (Merit Award), 1997 (Merit Award), 1996, 1993, 1992


Utah County Art Board Spring Show, 2009 (Merit Award)


“Great Things, Small Packages”, Terra Nova Gallery, Provo, Utah, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008


Springville Museum of Art Religious Show, 2009, 2006


“Infinite Beauty” Group Show, Utah Valley University, 2009


Freedom Festival, Provo, Utah, 2009, 2005


5th Anniversary Exhibit, Terra Nova Gallery, 2008


Group Show, Freedom Gallery, 2007 ( 3rd Place Award)


Statewide Pastel Group Show, SMA, 2005 (Director's Award)


Pastel Society of Utah, 2004, 2003 (Merit Award), 2000 (Best of Show)


“New Ground”, Terra Nova Gallery, 2003


“Colored Pencil Utah”, 1992




John Hughes 2008, 2010


Doug Braithwaite 2008, Helper Workshops, Helper, Utah


Xiangyuan Jie 2008, PAPW, Grants, New Mexico