High school artist on the “cutting” edge thanks to latest work

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

A local artist has found a new way to display his talents and it put him on the cutting edge.

Literally.

Aaron Hunter, a Grade 12 student at General Amherst High School, recently completed a painting with the work being done on a saw blade. He was approached by art teacher Andrea Craig-Wammes last December about doing the work after the school was approached by local resident Dennis Richardson about having the work done.

Hunter said a nature scene was requested and he took the project on from there.

“He didn’t specify and I had to come up with what I thought was nice,” said Hunter.

Hunter said it took “two or three days” to plan it and chalk it out then he painted it from there. He said he worked on it for about for a few hours every day.

“It is also my first oil painting,” said Hunter.

Aaron Hunter holds the saw blade he painted for a local resident. It was the first time the General Amherst High School student had done an oil painting.

Aaron Hunter holds the saw blade he painted for a local resident. It was the first time the General Amherst High School student had done an oil painting.

Painting in oils was different for him, he added, with the surface also being different. The saw blade had small pits on it he had to work with and was an overall rougher surface than what he is used to.

Craig-Wammes said Hunter had to sand and spray paint the blade to prepare it before he could actually oil paint on it.

“I’m actually pretty pleased with it,” said Hunter. “I’ve never done oil paintings before so I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.”

Art is something Hunter plans to continue doing as a hobby, but his future plans are to attend St. Clair College and become an industrial millwright. He would welcome other projects such as the saw blade project as freelance opportunities he could do on the side. Hunter said he likes being creative, starting out with an idea and developing it from there. He recalled drawing fire trucks when he was in Grade 1, moving on to pirates in Grade 3 and then more fantasy type scenes in Grades 6 and 7 before entering high school and drawing more realistic-type works.

Craig-Wammes added the art program would welcome discussing future opportunities for outside work for their students, noting Hunter’s project was the first outside piece done during her tenure as Amherst’s art teacher.

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