About T.J.

TJ Cunningham was born and raised in Vermont, which sparked his great love for the Northeastern landscape. Although TJ has spent the better part of the last seven years in Florida nearly all of his landscapes are depictions of his native Vermont. TJ’s passion for the landscape is surpassed only by his love of portraiture and figurative painting. Although, one may think that these two subjects would compete, they actually inform each other. The vigilance of good drawing is routine in portraiture and careful observation of revealed grace in nature is essential in landscape painting. The two mingle delightfully.

While studying art at Pensacola Christian College TJ’s primary instructor, Brian Jekel, instilled in him a deep love for the great masters of the 1800s and 1900s. TJ has spent untold hours in art museums learning to unravel the thought processes of painters from John Sargent to William Bouguereau. This study of the masters coupled with hundreds of hours behind his easel gives ever deepening quality and growing notoriety to his work.

    • Exceptional Merit Award • Portrait Society of America • 2013
    • Second Place • You be the Judge International Competition • 2013
    • Solo Exhbitions
    • 2013 • Adirondack Lake •  The Edgewater Gallery • Middlebury, VT
    • 2013 • International Portrait Competition • Art of the Portrait Conference 2013 • Atlanta, GA
    • 2012 • Addison Skies • The Edgewater Gallery • Middlebury, VT
    • 2011 • 82nd Annual Member’s Exhibition • The Yester House Gallery • Manchester, VT
    • 2011 • Winter Works • The Edgewater Gallery • Middlebury, VT
    • 2010 • Impressions of New England • The Bennington Center for the Arts • Bennington, VT
    • 2010 • Subtle Expressions • The Art House Gallery • Middlebury, VT
    • 2009 • Sky, Water, Land, Light • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum • Vergennes, VT