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Hunter the Artist

John W. Pinkerton


When I heard that Hunter Biden, Joe's son, was having an abstract art show, I was more than a little doubtful about his potential talent.  After viewing some examples of his work, I concluded that he wasn't bad…maybe even reasonably good.  However, in the world of abstracts, the artists must be better than “not bad.”

I've spent the last couple of years trying to teach myself to paint above average abstracts…I'm not sure that I've succeeded, but I know I'm much better than I was a few years ago when I devoted eight months to an effort to paint abstracts only to conclude that they were not up to my self-imposed standards and stacked them up in the garage and got on with mostly painting  cute animals.

My second effort began a couple of years ago were much more satisfying.  I actually painted one hundred 11x14s before moving on to larger works.  In the middle of all this, I had various health problems including a heart attack.  I'm still trying to finish the project, but, frankly, it's a struggle.

However, at this point in my life, it is not terribly important to me that I finish the project or have a show.  I'm now back where I began: painting for my own satisfaction.  I began my painting adventure with the thought that I wanted to see how good I could become.  My venture into selling my art was an accident.  I had fun dealing with gallery owners and the public, but it was only a small part of the adventure for me.  The “doing” was the major portion.

Still, I hope to have a show of my abstracts before I pass on…not because I want or need the money---because I would like to see them hanging on walls instead of on my easel or stacked against walls.

Hunter’s abstracts will probably sell for exorbitant amounts of cash.  Bless his heart.  I almost wish that I could work up a little jealousy of Biden’s efforts.  I can’t: he’s Hunter Biden.  Enough said.