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November Light

Oil on Board

By Robert Douglas Hunter

 
“The only thing I ever wanted to do was paint,” Robert Douglas Hunter told the Globe in 1991.

And that was what he did, family and friends say, from sunrise to sunset, six days a week, on canvases illuminated by northern light in homes in Walpole, Needham, Orleans, Provincetown, and Boston.

Known for still-life paintings and drawings that are exceptionally realistic, as well as for his landscapes and portraits, Mr. Hunter created countless works during a career that spanned 60 years.

“Painting is easy,” he told the Globe in 1980 as he described rendering paintings of objects found in the household or in nature. “It’s seeing that is hard.”

By Kathleen McKenna Globe Correspondent October 26, 2014

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