TJ Cunningham is a landscape painter whose style tends toward impressionism as he strives to display the true beauty of the ordinary. TJ was born in the quintessential, little New England town of Cambridge, Vermont, where he spent most of his time outdoors. The small farms, wooded hills and shallow streams of his boyhood haunts were fertile with inspiration. It was the perfect place to awaken a desire to create.
During his second year of college TJ started painting in oils. He often describes the experience as, “love at first sight.” His current focus on the landscape was a natural choice. Though he does not consider himself a “plein air artist” he spends much of his time out of doors painting from life. The whimsy of the old structures, creatures and varied landscape of Vermont are still his muse.
Cunningham is young – still in his twenties – yet he has been a professional oil painter since graduating from college seven years ago. Despite his focus and success, he lives a remarkably balanced life. He and his wife Julie, a fellow art student from college, share in the joy of two beautiful sons. He is active in a nearby church serving as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader.
In 2014 Southwest Art highlighted Cunningham as one of America’s emerging artists in their annual “21 under 31” article. He has received numerous awards including “Best overall Oil” in the November/October, 7th Annual Plein Air Salon. He has also received, 1st Place Landscape (2016), Honorable Mention (2016), 5th Place (2014) and Exceptional Merit (2013) from The Portrait Society of America.