Kevin Hunter, drawing instructor
Kevin Hunter learned to paint at the age of seven when his grandmother taught him to use watercolors and he’s been at it ever since. In high school, he studied drawing with children’s book illustrator Robert Baumgartner. In college, he studied medical illustration and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing/painting. He also studied portrait and still life painting for two years at Chicago’s historic Palette and Chisel Academy. He has won numerous local and national awards for both drawing and painting.
Hunter is an experienced teacher, having taught for fifteen years at Elgin Community College in the Communication Arts program. He has also taught drawing at Northern Illinois University and at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago. Hunter maintains a vigorous studio practice in Batavia. His work is divided between his Regionalist Impressionism farm paintings and his PaintMyKNine watercolor dog portraits. His work can be viewed at www.kevinhunterart.com and at www.paintmyknine.com
lauren peterson, figure and portrait drawing instructor
Lauren Peterson graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, studying with renowned instructors Irving Shapiro, Bill Parks, and Eugene Hall. After leaving the Academy, she continued her studies with Hall in his Rockford studio, assisting him with murals and conservation of damaged paintings while continuing to work in both the commercial and fine art fields, doing illustration, portraits, and other commissioned work. Lauren has exhibited widely, most recently at the Art Center of Highland Park, Park Art Center, the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art and Elmhurst Art Museum. Her professional affiliations include memberships in Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, Portrait Society of America and numerous local arts organizations.
rebecca allen, pastel instructor
Rebecca Wilson Allen grew up west of Denver and attended the Kansas City Art Institute, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. She also attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, where she concentrated her studies in Industrial Design. She worked for many years as a designer and construction detailer for exhibit and interior design firms in Denver and Chicago. For the last 15 years she has been employed doing design, drafting and architectural renderings for her husband’s architectural firm.
A life-long artist, Rebecca has continued to draw, paint and do pastel drawings as well as commercial design and renderings. She was on the founding board of Batavia’s Art in Your Eye Art Festival and was very involved in coordinating the festival until 2013. Rebecca has been a resident artist at Water Street Studios for the last 5 years.