MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont folk artist Stephen Huneck, whose love of dogs inspired paintings, woodcuts and his "dog chapel," has died.
The 60-year-old St. Johnsbury artist died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Thursday, in Littleton, N.H.
His wife says he'd been despondent after being forced to lay off employees at his Dog Mountain studio and dog chapel.
Huneck, a native of Sudbury, Mass., started out whittling wooden sculptures and later specialized in dog-themed furniture, woodcut paintings and children's books. His Dog Mountain studio and chapel drew animal lovers from all over the world.
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