Artist and Author
James Robert Huntsberger (JR), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a descendant of one of three Swiss brothers who settled in that area before the Revolutionary War. He earned his bachelor of science degree at Bethany College and his Ph.D. at West Virginia University, where he trained as a chemist for his career as a research fellow with DuPont. During his years at DuPont his research focused on adhesion, rheology, surface chemistry, and the mechanical and optical properties of paint. He has lectured in the United States and abroad. His research writings have been published as journal articles and book chapters. He retired from DuPont in 1982.
JR has lived in Delaware since 1958. His career as a professional artist began in 1988 when he started selling his original oil paintings, which are now in private and corporate collections internationally.
All of his originals are oil paintings, and his subject matter includes portraits, seascapes, beach scenes, landscapes, still life, and historical structures. He has experimented with unusual subject matter and abstracted images but remains essentially a realist.
His oil paintings hang in Brandywine Valley galleries and are shown in more than twenty juried and charity art shows in the area each year. He has been the featured artist in several important regional charity art shows.
Selected to membership in The Philadelphia Sketch Club in 1991 and the Oil Painters of America in 1999, JR is a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Brandywine Conservancy.
Janet Davis Huntsberger, born in Des Moines, Iowa, is a descendant of Abigail Kimball and John Edmund Severance, who arrived in Massachusetts from England on the ship Elizabeth in 1634. She earned her bachelor and master of arts degrees at the University of Cincinnati where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
During the 1970s, as director of alumni services at the University of Cincinnati, she initiated and directed two award-winning alumni programs: Alumni College (an informal education program for alumni taught by university faculty volunteers) and the Career Resource Center (a formal program to match University of Cincinnati students with alumni mentors). The Career Resource Center was funded by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
In 1982 Janet became the executive director of the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Association. After her move to Delaware in 1985, she served as Volunteer Coordinator at the Delaware Museum of Natural History until she retired in 1993.
An admirer of her husband's paintings, Janet encouraged this volume. She maintains the website atwww.art-hunt.com as part of managing practical aspects of showing and selling her husband's art.
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