CORNWALL, Vt. (WCAX Each week for the last five years, one man has been painting scenes throughout the state. His made in Vermont portraits are capturing color while connecting with people.
On a picture perfect day, Peter Huntoon is beginning work on another perfect painting. "That's where the barn's going to live somewhere in there," Huntoon said. "I've been driving by here for years and one day I happened to notice this old barn behind me."
This is just one painting in Peter's weekly series, A Day in Vermont. "I want to pull back the curtain a little bit and share the glory of Vermont through art" he said. "One of the things I love about the old barn is certainly the architecture."
Huntoon went to college to be a shop teacher, but after graduating, he got a job at a paint company. He stayed with that company until about 5 years ago when he left to become a full time artist. "What I love to do is share the artistic experience, especially with non-artists that don't really have the opportunity to come out here and do this like I do," he said. "Really, painting is we're telling a story."
Once Huntoon has completed his Day In Vermont artwork, it goes up for auction for exactly one week starting on Monday morning. He's had bidders from all across the country, and oftentimes, people will just buy his paintings outright.
"Connecting with nice people who are moved to purchase a piece of artwork, that's a wonderful thing and it makes me feel good that people all over the country have a little piece of Vermont hanging on their wall," Huntoon said.
While they're waiting to be purchased, Huntoon's artwork hangs on the walls in his Middletown Springs studio.
It's nice being home, but there's nothing quite like spending A Day in Vermont. "It's an honor and a privilege to be able to share my artwork in that way," he said.